Middle Fork Trail to Panther Creek

Three Rivers, California

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The sunny Middle Fork Trail offers fine scenery with good views of the Great Western Divide, Moro Rock, Castle Rocks, Alta Peak, and the river canyon. After an exposed 2.8-mile hike, the shady grotto of Panther Creek is a welcome respite above a dramatic, 100-foot waterfall. Before the Buckeye Flat Campground opens, usually in late March, you will have to walk an additional 1.3 miles on the road to access the trailhead. In the foothills zone, hikers should be on the lookout for poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes.
The sunny Middle Fork Trail offers fine scenery with good views of the Great Western Divide, Moro Rock, Castle Rocks, Alta Peak, and the river canyon. After an exposed 2.8-mile hike, the shady grotto of Panther Creek is a welcome respite above a dramatic, 100-foot waterfall.

Before the Buckeye Flat Campground opens, usually in late March, you will have to walk an additional 1.3 miles on the road to access the trailhead. In the foothills zone, hikers should be on the lookout for poison oak, ticks, and rattlesnakes.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Three Rivers
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 1,325 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best: Spring
Local Contacts: Sequoia National park
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Fork Trail to Panther Creek

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May 2018