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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Fire Restrictions

    Effective June 18, 2014, the parks are in Stage 1 fire restrictions, see link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays Begin on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5 a.m.-3 p.m., including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. More »

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Day Hiking

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Hikers in a sequoia grove
NPS Photo
 

Maps are recommended for longer or unpaved trails. The Sequoia National History Association offers park trail maps at each of park visitor centers or you may purchase them ahead of time online.

Learn more about general safety and trail safety in preparation for a safe, enjoyable visit.

 
Marble Falls Trail is a pleasant Foothills hike.

Marble Falls

Paul Sheehan

Foothills Day Hikes
Summer is hot and dry time in the Foothills. But in wet years, there may still be plenty of water in Marble Falls or along the Middle Fork Trail. Watch out for poison oak and rattlesnakes. Consider hiking early in the morning or in the early evening hours to escape the heat of the day.

 
Moro Rock trail offers expansive views

On Moro Rock

Richard Thiel

Giant Forest & Lodgepole Day Hikes
Giant sequoias, cool conifer forests, sun-splashed meadows, and exhilarating vistas are all available in the Giant Forest/Lodgepole area. Climb the historic staircase on Moro Rock to see the Great Western Divide.

 
Grant Tree Trail in Grant Grove

Grant Tree Trail

NPS Photo

Grant Grove Day Hikes
Sequoias, easy trails, and solitude are all available on trails in the vicinity of bustling Grant Grove Village. Maps and guidebooks are available at nearby visitor centers—along with helpful rangers.

 
Zumwalt Meadow along the South Fork of Kings River

Zumwalt Meadow

NPS Photo

Cedar Grove Day Hikes
Looming granite walls, great vistas, quiet rivers, pleasant waterfalls—some of the most level hikes in the parks can be found here as well as some of the most steep, hot, and strenuous. There is something for every hiker in the Kings Canyon.

 
Mineral King offers beautiful sub-alpine hiking

Mineral King

Richard Thiel

Mineral King Day Hikes
Cooler temperatures and dramatic mountain scenery tempt day hikers up to Mineral King. Be prepared for steep trails and thinner air. West- and south-facing slopes can still be hot and dry, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Consider beginning your hike in in the morning when it is cooler.

Did You Know?

Sharp, rocky crest of the Sierra Nevada.

The Sierra Nevada is still growing today. The mountains gain height during earthquakes on the east side of the range. But the mountains are being shortened by erosion almost as quickly as they grow. This erosion has deposited sediments thousands of feet thick on the floor of the San Joaquin Valley.