Best Hikes in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon contain enough adventure for a lifetime. Walk along narrow wooded trails or take a short stroll to a waterfall with this collection of the best hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

Hikes in the Foothills

Marble Falls Trail

(7.4 mi/11.9 km round-trip)
Year-round, this is one of the best hikes in Sequoia, gradually climbing to a whitewater cascade and providing views of the canyon below.

a walkway on the big trees hiking trail
Big Trees Trail. Photo © SimonDannhaue/

Hikes in Giant Forest and Lodgepole

Lakes Trail

(8.2-12.4 mi/13.2-20 km round-trip)
It’s a rare opportunity to be able to hike to an alpine lake not far from a major road; this trail gives you the chance to stop at a few smaller ones on the way to Pear Lake.

Big Trees Trail

(1 mi/1.6 km loop)
Join a ranger on a paved loop that circles Round Meadow to enjoy sequoias, wildflowers, and wildlife.

Crescent Meadow and Tharp’s Log

(2.2 mi/3.5 km round-trip)
This dazzling alpine meadow hike gets you up close and personal with a fallen sequoia that was converted into a home in the 1860s.

hiker standing on top of big baldy ridge
Big Baldy Ridge. Photo © Clay Gilpin/

Hikes in Grant Grove

North Grove Loop

(2 mi/3.2 km loop)
Descend into this peaceful area for a hike among sequoias at all stages of life.

Redwood Mountain Sequoia Grove

You will have the place to yourself as you hike among the largest standing sequoia grove. Hart Tree (7.3 mi/11.7 km loop) and Sugarbowl (6.8 mi/10.9 km loop) are two excellent loop trails.

Big Baldy Ridge

(4.2 mi/6.8 km round-trip)
This straightforward hike takes you to the highest point in Grant Grove—the top of a granite dome known as Big Baldy. The payoff is an excellent vista of Redwood Canyon and the Great Western Divide.

photo of a waterfall flowing down on mist falls kings canyon
Mist Falls, Kings Canyon National Park. Photo © Wasim Muklashy/

Hikes in Kings Canyon and Cedar Grove

Zumwalt Meadow

(1.8 mi/2.9 km loop)
On this loop trail, you’ll have your eyes full no matter which direction you look: looming granite faces above, a green river below, and wildflowers all around.

Mist Falls

(9.1 mi/14.6 km round-trip)
After the hot hike to this popular waterfall, you’re rewarded with the refreshing snowmelt spray. This is the most popular day hike in Cedar Grove.

photo of eagle lakes with the sun shining and water reflection
Eagle Lake. Photo © Leigh Bernacchi.

Hikes in Mineral King

Eagle Lake

(6.8 mi/10.9 km round-trip)
This trek climbs out of Mineral King Valley along waterfalls and springs lined with wildflowers to an unsurpassed view of multicolored mountains and a serene Sierra lake. This is an adventure that hikers of all ages will enjoy.

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