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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Devils Postpile Trail Devils Postpile Formation Hike Devils Postpile National Monument Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains California
The main attraction in Devils Postpile National Monument is, of course, the Devils Postpile Formation, which has striking 60-foot tall cliffs of exposed columnar basalt. From the park's main trailhead, it is a 1-mile round trip hike to the base of Devils Postpile on a wheelchair-friendly route with 40 feet of elevation change. A second trail crosses the top of Devils... Read more.
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Distance: 1.35 miles – Elevation change: 215 feet
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Minaret Falls Hike Pacific Crest Trail Ansel Adams Wilderness Inyo National Forest Minaret Falls Trail Devils Postpile National Monument Waterfall Mammoth Lakes
Minaret Falls is a tumbling waterfall in the Eastern Sierra near Mammoth Lakes. The waterfall plunges a slope above Pacific Crest Trail in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest. Starting from the main trailhead in Devils Postpile National Monument, it's a 3-mile round trip hike to Minaret Falls (with the option to link this trail with hikes to Devils... Read more.
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Distance: 3 miles – Elevation change: 125 feet
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Devils Postpile National Monument Campground Mammoth Lakes California Camping Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains
Near the entrance of Devils Postpile National Monument, and just half a mile from the Postpile formation, visitors can stay at a 21-site campground along the Middle Fork San Joaquin River. With sites backing up against a pine-covered ridge, Devils Postpile provides a fine camping experience in the Eastern Sierra near Mammoth Lakes with ample day hiking... Read more.
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Kanawyer Loop Trail Kings Canyon National Park Road's End hike to Bailey Bridge Bubbs Creek Trail Cedar Grove Area
Kings Canyon is a rugged trench in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that is so remote it can only be accessed from one road. In such a landscape, where a pristine river slices down a canyon between sheer rock walls, you would not expect to find a long and level trail suitable for casual hikers, but that's exactly what you will find on Kanawyer Loop Trail. This easy 5-mile... Read more.
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Distance: 5 miles – Elevation change: 125 feet
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Grant Village to Grant Grove Trail General Grant Tree Trail Azalea Campground Hike
If you visit the Grant Grove Area of Kings Canyon National Park, you will probably want to stop by both the General Grant Tree in the Grant Grove and the visitor center in nearby Grant Village. You can drive between these two locations or connect them on foot with a trail that is one-mile one-way, passing through Azalea Campground to bridge the two busy areas. The trail... Read more.
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Distance: 2 miles – Elevation change: 250 feet
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