Hikes in Sequoia National Forest

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.

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 to 1.3-mile loop visits a grove of Giant Sequoias alongside Western Divide Highway in Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

Sequoia National Forest Map - Courtesy USDASequoia National Forest is split into three ranger districts. 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. On holiday weekends, when the national parks fill, you can escape the crowds and come to Sequoia National Forest, sacrificing a bit of notoriety for Sierra serenity. Western Divide Ranger District offers visitors access to striking mountains, meadows, and sequoia groves. car camping is available along Western Divide Highway. With the exception of Trail of 100 Giants, hiking in this area of Sequoia National Forest is free.

Sequoia National Forest Hiking

This collection of trails in Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument lists the hikes from north to south. 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, GPS maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these trails. Below the table is an interactive map showing the location of each hike.

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
500 feet
36.1198,
-118.5084
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
36.068,
-118.532
Sierra Waterslide860Natural Water Slide
This out and back hike visits a refreshing natural water slide on the eastern side of the Great Western Divide.
1.5 mile
150 feet
36.02745,
-118.5153
Trail of 100 Giants900Trail of 100 Giants
This paved loop explores a grove of giant sequoias alongside Western Divide Highway.
1.3 miles
80 feet
35.97733,
-118.59399
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Distance: 0.15 miles · Elevation change: 15 feet
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Distance: 7 miles · Elevation change: 2715 feet
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