North Fork Trail

Three Rivers, California

North Fork Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trek brings you to expansive Yucca Flat, then traverses the lower flanks of Yucca Mountain to views of the North Fork of the Kaweah and shady Burnt Point Creek. The trail begins at a footbridge across Yucca Creek, then joins what was an old dirt road on the other side. Pass a park sign just south of a cement slab foundation from when this area was the Grunigen Ranch.

The route passes over a small brook running through a culvert and reaches the Yucca Flat Trail at 0.3 mile. Take the right (east) branch and follow this side trail along Yucca Creek, soon passing a small, double waterfall. The footpath ends at two large pines, while the side trail continues on to the center of the fl at at 0.6 mile. A short rock wall lines the southern edge of this grassy expanse as the narrowing trail leads back toward the creek."

North Fork Trail Reviews

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3/15/2007
Great early or late season hike. We did this one the beginning of March and the weather was perfect for shorts and a T-shirt at this low elevation. Although ticks were a concern, picked about 6 off my dog after the hike was done. Its a real mellow hike the only difficult part is the first accent right after leaving the trailhead, but with a few breaks it was not problem. About half way up the ascent there are some stone structures that look to be old food storage dens. The stone structures built into the hill side were much cooler and would have helped keep perishables longer; exploring the structures provided a good point for a break. After that that trail stays pretty much flat the whole time. There is a spectacular water fall about 30 ft in height that signals the end of this hike but the trail itself continues on. I highly recommend crashing through the thick bushes and getting down the water of Burnt Creek . Once through the bushes its easy to make it all the way down this creek to the Kaweah river. I got some great pictures of the waterfall and the pools leading up to it from below the falls. In early march there were hundreds of newts in all the pools, they were mating. It was awesome to see so many they were so easy to pick up and get a closer look at. Loved this hike and look forward to it again next year.
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Trail Information

Three Rivers
Nearby City
8.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4.5 to 5 hours
Duration
Best November through April
Season
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,500 feet
Top Elevation
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Shadequarter Mountain, Giant Forest
Local Maps
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