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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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    Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

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Trails in the Foothills

Trails in the foothills are are accessible year-round. Fall brings cooler temperatures for hiking in this diverse environment. In winter and spring, the foothills are clothed in a glorious array of wildflowers. Late March through late May are especially colorful. As summer approaches the temperature rises, and so do the rivers. Avoid the dangerous rivers during this time!

For trails within six miles of the Foothills Visitor Center see (PDF, JPEG pg 1, JPEG pg 2) for descriptions and a map. For options in the broader foothills see below.

Please note that pets are not permitted on any of the trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Marble Falls Trail
This trail climbs 3.9 miles (6km) through chaparral to a lovely cascade. Park near site #14 at Potwisha Campground. Follow the dirt road across the concrete ditch. The trail starts along the steep bank to the right.

Middle Fork Trail
Leading through chaparral to highcountry, the first mile offers views of Moro Rock and Castle Rocks. Take the Buckeye Flat Campground road and turn left on the dirt road before the campground. Go 1.3 miles (2 km) to a parking area. Panther Creek Falls is 3 miles (5 km) beyond that. Park at Hospital Rock if Buckeye Flat is closed.

Lady Bug Trail
Hike along the South Fork of the Kaweah in the upper foothills (moderately steep). From South Fork Campground, cross the river via a footbridge. The trail ends 3 miles (5 km) near one of the lowest-elevation sequoia groves.

Garfield Grove Trail
This trail, which also begins at South Fork Campground, is a relatively steep 5-mile (8.3 km) one-way climb to the Garfield Sequoia Grove. Start on the south side of the river in the campground.

North Fork Trail
This trail can be difficult to access. Please check at a visitor center for details.

Did You Know?

The Four Guardsmen (four sequoias), with the Generals Highway running between them.

Sometimes you will see sequoias in a straight row. This may happen because sequoia seeds prefer mineral-rich burned ground. When a fallen log burns long and hot, it leaves a strip of bare mineral-rich soil — an ideal place for new sequoias to grow. Years later, we see a line of sequoias!