Hikes in Sequoia National Forest

Below is a collection of trails in Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. These hikes are listed from north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you select your next trek. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these trails. You can also view hikes around Sequoia National Forest on the Hike Finder Map.

Highlights of Sequoia National Forest

  • This 0.1-mile stroll at Grizzly Falls Picnic Area in Sequoia National Forest reaches the base of an 80-foot waterfall along the Generals Highway near the Cedar Grove Area of Kings Canyon National Park.
  • This 5-mile hike visits a fire tower with unbeatable views over Giant Sequoia National Monument.
  • This 1-mile hike visits a refreshing natural water slide on the eastern side of the Great Western Divide in Giant Sequoia National Monument.
  • This 0.5-mile hike just off Western Divide Highway in Giant Sequoia National Monument provides a great view of the valley below.
  • This 0.5-mile pave loop visits a grove of Giant Sequoias alongside Western Divide Highway in Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Hiking Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

Sequoia National Forest preserves 1.2 million acres of the Sierra. Within the national forest there are 328,000 acres and 33 giant sequoia groves that receive extra protection as part of Giant Sequoia National Monument. Sequoia National Forest is split into three ranger districts. Sequoia National Forest Map - Courtesy USDA The southernmost district is the Kern River District, followed by the Western Divide Ranger District, which borders Sequoia National Park to the north and is the largest piece of the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The third ranger district, Hume Lake Ranger District, is located north of Sequoia National Park on the west side of Kings Canyon National Park. Kings Canyon is actual split into two pieces and to drive between them you have to pass through this very scenic park of Sequoia National Forest (also protected as part of Giant Sequoia National Monument).

The Western Divide Ranger District of Sequoia National Forest is a great place to visit. It is located on the west side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains south of Sequoia National Park, and on holiday weekends, when the national park fills, you can escape the crowds and come to the national forest, sacrificing a bit of notoriety for Sierra serenity. Western Divide Ranger District offers visitors access to striking mountains, meadows, and sequoia groves. There is car camping available along Western Divide Highway, and with the exception of Trail of 100 Giants, hiking in this area of Sequoia National Forest is free.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Grizzly Falls Sequoia National Forest260Grizzly Falls
This stroll at Grizzly Falls Picnic Area reaches the base of an 80-foot waterfall along the Generals Highway near the Cedar Grove Area of Kings Canyon National Park.
0.1 miles
10 feet
36.802979,
-118.743561
Needles Lookout800Needles Lookout
This out and back hike visits a fire tower with unbeatable views of the region.
5 miles
450 feet
36.109822,
-118.484724
Dome Rock830Dome Rock
This short out and back hike just off Western Divide Highway provides a great view of the valley below.
0.5 miles
75 feet
36.064945,
-118.528798
Sierra Waterslide860Natural Water Slide
This out and back hike visits a refreshing natural water slide on the eastern side of the Great Western Divide.
1 mile
150 feet
36.037554,
-118.517296
Trail of 100 Giants900Trail of 100 Giants
This pave loop visits a grove of Giant Sequoias alongside Western Divide Highway.
0.5 miles
50 feet
35.977959,
-118.592566
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Ediza Lake - Thousand Island Lake Loop Ansel Adams Wilderness High Trail Hike Pacific Crest Trail John Muir Trail Thousand Island Garnet Ediza Lakes Loop Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California
Ediza Lake – Thousand Island Lake Loop The Ediza Lake – Thousand Island Lake Loop is a top-tier backpacking circuit in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Covering about 25 miles, the loop is usually done in three days of hiking (not including any additional layover days). The loop starts and ends at Agnew Meadows, located near Devils Postpile National Monument and the city... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · John Muir Trail · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes · Pacific Crest Trail
Distance: 23.75 miles – Elevation change: 1900 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2016
Thousand Island Lake Ansel Adams Wilderness High Trail Hike Pacific Crest Trail Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California
Thousand Island Lake is regarded as one of the most spectacular lakes in the Eastern Sierra. Banner Peak, a towering 12,936-foot mountain above the lake's west shore, is reflected in its clear blue water. The lake has numerous (if not a thousand) small islands. Both John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail pass Thousand Island Lake, giving hikers significant and scenic... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes · Pacific Crest Trail
Distance: 8.75 miles – Elevation change: 1,515 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 14, 2015
Garnet Lake Hike John Muir Trail Ansel Adams Wilderness Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California
Garnet Lake is located on John Muir Trail between Shadow Lake and Thousand Island Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest. The lake is stunning, set below the 12,936-foot mass of Banner Peak and framed by ridges of bedrock and pines. Hiking directly there, Garnet Lake is 8.55 miles from the trailhead at Agnew Meadows, so most of the lake's visitors are... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · John Muir Trail · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes
Distance: 5.65 miles – Elevation change: 1130 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 25, 2016
Iceberg Lake Hike Ansel Adams Wilderness Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California Iceberg Lake Trail from Ediza Lake
Cradled below a jagged ridge of volcanic peaks called the Minarets, Iceberg Lake is a beautiful, potentially snow-bordered or ice-filled lake of vivid blue water. The backcountry lake is located deep in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest, 8.3 miles from the trailhead at Agnew Meadows. Iceberg Lake is just a mile from Ediza Lake and a nice extension for the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes
Distance: 2 miles – Elevation change: 510 feet
By: Published: Last updated: October 11, 2015
Ediza Lake Ansel Adams Wilderness Inyo National Forest Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California Shadow Creek Trail Ediza Lake Hike
With high summit-reflecting waters, Ediza Lake is beautiful to behold. The lake is wrapped by meadows and trees and sports massive views of Mount Ritter and Banner Peak, making it a popular destination for hikers in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest. Starting from Agnew Meadows near Mammoth Lakes, Ediza Lake is reachable on a rewarding full day hike of... Read more.
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Tagged with · Ansel Adams Wilderness · Creeks · John Muir Trail · Lakes · Mammoth Lakes
Distance: 15 miles – Elevation change: 1250 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2016