Hikes in Sequoia National Park
Below is a collection of trails in Sequoia National Park. 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 Park on the Hike Finder Map.
Hiking Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park was established in 1890 and only Yellowstone has been a national park longer. Today, SNP covers 630 square miles. Most of that area is a roadless haven for backpackers. In fact, there are no roads entering the park from the north, south, or east making this the second largest area not penetrated by roads in the contiguous United States. This preserves the beauty of Sequoia National Park and the treasures it contains. Within the boundaries of the park is Mount Whitney, the highest point in California and the lower 48.
One could easily spend weeks exploring Sequoia National Park, but if you are only in the park for a day, the short hikes to General Sherman Tree (largest in the world) and Moro Rock (panoramic viewpoint) should not be missed. If there is time, consider hiking to Tokopah Falls or Tharp’s Log. If you are planning to stay overnight, there are several campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to choose from.
This gradual out and back hike visits the tallest waterfall in Sequoia National Park.
|310||General Sherman Tree|
This paved out at back hike visits the world's biggest tree.
This easy paved loop visits the fourth and fifth tallest Sequoias in the world (among others).
This out and back hike visits a large granite dome with great views to the west.
|333||Big Trees Trail|
This easy, educational, and beautiful loop explores the giant sequoias around Round Meadow.
This short walk from the Giant Forest Museum to Beetle Rock visits a granite dome with great views and stunning sunsets.
This level loop visits a Sequoia you can stand inside (Chimney Tree) and another that someone used to live in (Tharp's Log).
|353||Sugar Pine and Bobcat Point Trails Loop|
This short but diverse loop peaks at Bobcat Point, which presents a fierce perspective of Moro Rock and a massive canyon.
|358||Hanging Rock Trail|
This short out and back hike passes views of Moro Rock en route to a balancing boulder on a canyon rim at the edge of the Giant Forest.
This short out and back hike (with a lot of stairs) sports panoramic views and should be considered a mandatory hike for first time visitors to Sequoia National Park.
This out and back hike takes a flower-lined path up a mountain canyon to a powerful waterfall.
This short stroll leaves Buckeye Flats Campground to visit the perfect swimming hole for a hot summer day in the Sierra.
|0.5 - 6 mile|
This out and back hike follows the Middle Fork Trail to a 100 foot waterfall into the Middle Fork of Kaweah River.
|6 miles (or farther)|
This out and back hike descends through sequoias to East Fork Kaweah River and farther into the backcountry of Mineral King.
|3 to 5 miles (or farther)|
|440||Monarch Lakes Trail|
This out and back hike visits a spectacular pair of lakes high above Mineral King Valley.
|430||Eagle Lake Trail|
The out and back hike climbs the west side of Mineral King Valley to a high-elevation lake.
This 13,485-foot summit rises above Sky Blue Lake to offer sweeping views of the sierra.
| 30 miles|
|560||Sky Blue Lake|
This hike extends beyond Lower Soldier Lake up Miter Basin to a deep blue lake surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks.
| 26 miles|
This trek visits a lake off the side of Miter Basin near Sky Blue Lake and below Mount Pickering.
| 28 miles|
This trek enters Sequoia from the east through Inyo National Forest to reach a 14,042-foot summit with towering views of the Sierra.
| 22 miles|
|590||Lower Soldier Lake|
This 19.2-mile loop crosses Cottonwood Pass and New Army Pass to visit a beautiful lake that is an ideal camping spot for backpackers heading higher and deeper into the sierra.
| 17.6 -20.8 miles|
1,500 - 2,300 feet