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!
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.
Middle Fork Trail
Leading through chaparral to highcountry, the first mile offers views of Moro Rock and Castle Rocks. Panther Creek Falls is 3 miles (5 km) from the parking area.
Lady Bug Trail
Hike along the South Fork of the Kaweah in the upper foothills (moderately steep). The trail ends 3 miles (5 km) near one of the lowest-elevation sequoia groves.
Garfield Grove Trail
This trail is a relatively steep 5-mile (8.3 km) one-way climb to the Garfield Sequoia Grove.
North Fork Trail
This trail can be difficult to access. Please check at a visitor center for details.
Last updated: July 19, 2023