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Sequoia by Shuttle

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

A short white shuttle bus waits in a parking lot in front of sequoia trees. Three people walk to it.
Duration Multiple Days
Topic(s) Forests and Woodlands, Geology, Meadows, Rock Landscapes and Features, Scenic Views, Schools and Education, Trails, River and Riparian, Waterfalls, Animals
Activities Picnicking, Junior Ranger Program, Front-Country Hiking, Hiking, Guided Tours
Parks Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

In summer, a free in-park shuttle runs through the Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas of Sequoia National Park, from Giant Forest Museum to Dorst Creek Campground. With frequent service to visitor centers, trailheads, and more, shuttles are a quick and easy way to discover the sequoias while reducing air pollution.

If you're lodging in Visalia or Three Rivers, consider taking the Sequoia Shuttle into the park (available for $15 with reservation, park entrance fee included). Leave the car and congestion behind and enjoy the views!

Here, you'll find a few of the many destinations in the sequoias, all accessible by park shuttle. Please note the length and location of these activities, as it takes more than a day to do it all!

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    Discover the Lodgepole-Sherman Tree Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 2–5 Hours
    • Season: Summer
    The Sherman Tree, a giant sequoia tree

    Explore the Giant Forest on your way to the General Sherman Tree! Take the 2.8 mile Lodgepole-Sherman Tree Trail from the Lodgepole Campground, then catch the Green Route 1 shuttle back to the parking lot.

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    Hopeful Wildlife Day Trips

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 1–5 Hours
    A yellow-bellied marmot stands on top of a rock.

    Keep your eyes and ears open for wildlife as you hike along the Tokopah Falls and Crescent Meadow in Sequoia's Giant Forest.

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    Become a Junior Ranger

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Junior Ranger Program
    • Pets: No
    A ranger swears in a child as a Junior Ranger

    Become a Junior Ranger!

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    An Afternoon at Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Picnicking
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 1–3 Hours
    • Season: Summer
    Stone stairs climb a granite peak next to an expansive view of a valley and mountain peaks

    Take the Grey Route 2 shuttle for incredible views at Moro Rock before picnicking by Crescent Meadow, the largest meadow in the Giant Forest.

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    Learn the Inside Story at a Ranger Program

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Guided Tours
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 15–60 Minutes
    • Season: Summer
    a ranger and a family examine mortar holes

    Discover the parks with an expert! Learn more at an all ages ranger program.

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    Explore Tokopah Falls

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    Green foliage in the foreground leading to a waterfall at the end of a canyon

    Take a short hike to Tokopah Fall in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

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    Hike the Wuksachi Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 1–6 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    Trees with green and yellow leaves stand behind a field of yellow grass

    Head out on the Wuksachi Trail to Lodgepole for a walk through fir forests, meadows, and creeks. Venture into the wilderness by connecting to the Twin Lakes Trail for Cahoon Meadow, or continue to Lodgepole, where you can catch the Purple Route 2 shuttle back to Wuksachi Lodge (summer only).

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    Explore a Hidden Sequoia Grove

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Generals Highway, Sequoia National Park
    • Duration: 2–3 Hours

    Take a hike to a sequoia grove that is tucked away from the road. Muir Grove provides a quiet experience among these giant trees. If you find other sequoia groves to be a bit crowded, take a walk to experience Muir Grove.

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    Picnic Among the Giants

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Picnicking
    • Pets: Yes
    A long picnic table sits under trees next to a campfire ring with grill

    Gather around a picnic at these spots from Giant Forest to Grant Grove.

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Last updated: July 25, 2018