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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Housekeeping Camp Yosemite National Park Lodging Accommodations Yosemite Valley California
Yosemite National Park receives four million visitors per year, filling the park's campgrounds and hotels. When all the campsites are reserved and the hotels have no vacancies (or list prices that are uncomfortably high), consider a middle option provided at Housekeeping Camp in the middle of Yosemite Valley. Housekeeping Camp offers 3-walled units with canvas roofs... Read more.
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Happy Isles Trail Yosemite National Park The Happy Isles Merced River Hike Yosemite Valley California
Near the amazing hiking trails in Yosemite Valley is the designed-to-be-delightful Happy Isles Trail. The easy 3/4 of a mile walk at Happy Isles explores a pair of small islands in the Merced River at the east end of Yosemite Valley. While the trail doesn't feature a show-stopping attraction (like Lower Yosemite Falls Trail), the Happy Isles live up to their name – a... Read more.
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Tagged with · National Parks · Wheelchair-Friendly · Yosemite Valley
Distance: 0.75 miles · Elevation change: 50 feet
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Camp 4 Campground Yosemite National Park Walk-in Campground Yosemite Valley California Tent camping
Camp 4 is a historic campground in Yosemite National Park – and that's not even hyperbole; the campground is listed with the National Register of Historic Places "for its significant association with the history of modern rock climbing in America." Reservations are needed at the other campgrounds in Yosemite Valley, but Camp 4 is the exception, with 35 shared first-come... Read more.
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Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail Yosemite National Park Bridge Hike South Fork Merced River Swimming Hole Wawona California
Swinging Bridge in Yosemite Valley seduces photographers with views of Yosemite Falls. This is not a hike to that bridge, which isn't actually a swinging suspension bridge. This is a hike to Wawona Swinging Bridge, which has plenty of bounce in it's step, spanning a boulder-framed chute in the South Fork Merced River. Wawona Swinging Bridge is located at the south end of... Read more.
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Tagged with · National Parks · Swimming Holes · Wawona
Distance: 0.7 miles · Elevation change: 70 feet
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Wawona Meadow Loop Trail Yosemite National Park Wawona area day hike Wawona Hotel Walk Wawona Meadow Nature Trail
Wawona Meadow Loop Trail weaves through the forest surrounding a large meadow at the south end of Yosemite National Park, offering a relaxing hike that receives less attention than those in Yosemite Valley. Starting from trailheads on two sides of Wawona Hotel (Big Trees Lodge), Meadow Loop Trail follows an old road for 3.3 miles and can be connected by paths across the... Read more.
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Tagged with · National Parks · Nature Trails · Wawona
Distance: 3.9 miles · Elevation change: 250 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 11, 2018