Thing to Do

Explore a Hidden Sequoia Grove


This 4-mile round trip trail offers mixed-conifer forest, sequoias, and Sierra Nevada scenery. Park in Dorst Campground and look for the Muir Grove trailhead. In summer, take the free Purple Route 3 shuttle from Lodgepole Visitor Center and Campground or Wuksachi Lodge to the Dorst Campground stop. Continue to Group Camp Area A-E where you'll find for the trailhead near group site B. Turn left at the only trail junction to go to Muir Grove.

At the halfway point, a granite dome at the trail’s edge offers views of Big Baldy and Chimney Rocks. Muir Grove also becomes visible in the distance. Look for the characteristic rounded tops of giant sequoias. The maintained trail ends among the giant sequoias in Muir Grove, named for celebrated naturalist John Muir. In mid-summer, lupines bloom here, contrasting their bright blue against the cinnamon-red sequoia bark.

2-3 Hours
Please be aware that pets are not permitted on any trails at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. However, leashed pets are allowed to be walked in developed areas like campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads that are open to vehicle traffic. 

Qualified ADA-defined service dogs are allowed on trails in national parks. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. For more information about ADA service animal requirements, please go to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The Muir Grove Trail starts in Dorst Creek Campground, located 8 miles north of Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park. 

You can drive to Dorst Creek Campground from two different directions. From the north, take Highway 180 east to the Generals Highway turn-off, and then take the Generals Highway 16 miles to Dorst Creek Campground. From the south, take Highway 198 east to Foothills, and then take the Generals Highway 46 miles to the Dorst Creek Campground.

Trail starts inside the campground near group site B.

The campground is open late June through early September. If you wish to hike to Muir Grove outside of these dates, you may park your car outside the gate. Please don't block the gate.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Last updated: July 23, 2018