Tokopah Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike takes you to the head of the glacially carved Tokopah Valley, which culminates at Tokopah Falls."
--Laurel Scheidt, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"The Tokopah Falls Trail provides an easy 2-mile hike to a viewpoint of the namesake falls, where a stunning waterfall on the Marble Fork Kaweah River plunges down a steep rock wall at the head of Tokopah Valley. Tokopah is a Yokut word meaning “high mountain valley,” quite appropriate for this dramatically picturesque vale. Early in the season, when snowmelt swells the river to peak flows, is the best time to view the falls. However, the straightforward hike is quite pleasant in summer and fall as well."
--Mike White, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press).
"This hike takes you to the head of glacially carved Tokopah Valley, which culminates at lovely Tokopah Falls. The trail begins by following the north bank of the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River. A trailbed has been chiseled into a section of granite here."
--Laurel Scheidt, Best Easy Day Hikes: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"An easy 2-mile hike leads to a viewpoint of Tokopah Falls, where the waters from Marble Fork Kaweah River plunge down a steep headwall at the upper end of Tokopah Valley. While the falls are best viewed in late spring, the straightforward hike is also quite pleasant in summer and fall. The nearby amenities at Lodgepole Village offer plenty of extra diversions."
--Mike White, Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press).
"Tokopah Falls in the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River is a massive cascade tumbling off the steep granite cliffs at the headwall of a gorgeous valley. This hike follows the river up the glacially carved U-shaped Tokopah Valley through a cedar, pine and fir forest. The trail ends at the base of the falls, surrounded by towering peaks and 1,000-foot sheer rock walls."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Day Hike Books).
"This easy hike in Sequoia National Park has all the elements of a great Sierra Nevada hike, including a large waterfall, towering cliffs, a swift river, and cool forests. The headwaters of the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River drain a significant portion of the west end of the Kings-Ka weah Divide. Several lakes in high cirques all contribute to the formation of the river, which then flows into the glaciated mountain paradise of Tokopah Valley. The passage of the river from the upper basins down into the main valley is one of the great natural pageants of western Sequoia National Park. Here the Kaweah River leaps o ff the polished precipice and cascades 1,200 feet down the headwall of Tokopah Valley."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
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