Backpack into the Less-Traveled Sequoia Grove

Red sequoia trunks tower over green underbrush

Wilderness permits are very popular at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. To help protect the environment and preserve the wilderness experience for backpackers, permits are limited during the busy summer months. Quotas for popular trailheads often fill quickly at this time, and there are lines for walk-up permits. If you prefer a quieter trail, we suggest exploring a few lesser-known wilderness trails, like this trek into an immense Sequoia grove.

Tucked away in the secluded southeast corner, the Garfield Grove is the second largest grove in the parks and includes several of the largest trees in the world. Begin at the South Fork Campground. The trail climbs steeply for several miles before reaching the grove, and then continues to Hockett Lake and Hockett Meadow. The first camping along the Garfield Trail is at Snowslide Camp, near the site of an 1867 avalanche so massive you can still trace its path down the mountain. Due to the distance between the trailhead and other park features, as well as the steep altitude gain, this trail remains a hidden gem. Visit the parks' backpacking page to learn more and start planning your adventure.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Last updated: June 7, 2018