Permits are not required for day hikes, except if hiking Mt. Whitney. Whether you choose a short, paved trail or an all-day hike, exploring by foot is a great way to experience these parks. Check the park newspaper for general park safety tips and review the review trail safety guide before you go. There is a maximum party size limit of 25 people for day hikes in these parks. Check locally for updates on trail conditions.
We recommend taking a map, especially for longer or unpaved trails. Even short trails can lead to unmarked intersections or unexpected detours, and it is your responsibility to be prepared. With hundreds of miles of trails in these parks, it's difficult to provide detailed trail maps online. Buy trail maps at each park visitor center or through the Sequoia Parks Conservancy's online store. You can also visit our digital map, the Sequoia & Kings Canyon Park Atlas, to create and print custom maps.
Foothills Day Hikes
Giant Forest & Lodgepole Day Hikes
Grant Grove Day Hikes
Cedar Grove Day Hikes
Mineral King Day Hikes
Last updated: June 18, 2019