Hiking Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks


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Sequoia and Kings Canyon hiking trails will take you on a magnificent park journey. Trails range from short, easy, and paved, to long, steep, and rugged. 

Lace up your hiking boots, or slip on your sneakers – there are more than 1,000 miles of Sequoia & Kings Canyon hiking trails for visitors of every ability and inclination. From gentle ambles among giant sequoias to moderate day hikes and full-throttle ascents (including the highest point in the lower 48 states!), Sequoia & Kings Canyon hiking trails deliver peak experiences, whatever the topography and terrain.

Top-rated Sequoia hikes include Big Trees Trail, Crescent Meadow Loop Trail, Congress Trail, Tokopah Falls Trail, Hazelwood Nature Trail, Alta Peak Trail, and the High Sierra Trail to Bearpaw Meadow. 

Kings Canyon is laced with paths to everlasting hiking happiness. There are short and easy strolls, led by the meandering Big Stump Trail. There are long and steep trails, offering dramatic High Sierra scenery. For the intrepid, there’s Big Baldy (8,209 feet) Ridge Trail. Hiking Redwood Canyon is another peak experience where you’ll discover the world’s largest grove of sequoias (no, there are no redwoods here; early settlers mistook the cinnamon-hued bark of the resident sequoias for coast redwoods).

Picturesque tarns, sprightly rivulets, conifer-studded slopes – whatever the trail or terrain, it’s bound to feature the incredible grandeur of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Below are just a few examples of the hiking trails available – see you at the trailhead!

Trail Safety


Learn more about staying safe on the trails. Information about park alerts, giardia, bear containers, hypothermia, hiking in the heat and more can be found on the NPS safety page.

 

Maps & Guides

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Trail maps and guides are available at the various gift shops and visitor centers within the parks and can also be purchased online from the SNHA Bookstore.

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