Category: Sequoia National Park

20 Things to Do in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

For about 10 years now, we have been going to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks for Memorial Day and random weekend trips. Sometimes I forget that on the other side of the Eastern Sierras there is the Western Side which is just as…

High Sierra Trail: Crescent Meadow to 9 Mile Creek

“The High Sierra Trail has all the memory-making potential of a much longer hike, packaged into a job-friendly, one-week vacation. There is perhaps no better way to laterally cross the immense Sierra Nevada range on foot.” Zebulon Wallace Soon after I heard that my…

Mt. Whitney – Inyo National Forest

Mt. Whitney, tallest mountain of the lower 48 is not a hike to be taken lightly. You don’t just wake up and say, hey I think I’m going to hike Mt. Whitney today. Why? Because you shouldn’t! I’ve climbed the summit twice and put together a guide that can help you plan out your adventure if you choose to climb it.

Pear Lake Ski Hut – Sequoia National Park

Where: Sequoia National Park Mileage: 12.9 miles Elevation gain: 3000 ft Difficulty: Difficult Type: Out-and-back Background Pear Lake Ski Hut (also called “Pear Lake Ranger Station”) is a small ski hut nestled 6 miles deep off the highway in Sequoia National Park near Wolverton….

Little Baldy – Sequoia National Park

Where: Sequoia National Park Mileage: 3.5 miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation gain: 739 feet Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From Dorst Campground drive about 1.5 miles South. You will see a large sign on the left side of the road “Little Baldy Trailhead”….

General Grant Tree Trail – Kings Canyon National Park

Where: Kings Canyon National Park Mileage: .86 miles Difficulty: Easy Recommended: Camera Directions: Going east from Fresno on the 180, after about 50 miles, you will reach Big Stump Entrance Station. 1.7 miles after you will reach and intersection, turn left to stay on…

Buck Rock Lookout – Giant Sequoia National Monument

Where: Giant Sequoia National Monument Mileage: .82 miles Difficulty: Easy Recommended: Binoculours Directions: Heading south on General’s Highway (198) to Big Meadows Road. Turn left onto FS 14S11. After 3 miles you hit Horse Camp campground, turn left onto FS 13S04. Follow signs to…

Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Area

Where: Sierra National Forest Mileage: 28.8 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult Elevation gain: ~3000 feet Recommended: Swim Suit for shower To get to the trailhead: From the 99 take 180 East to 168 East for 50 miles to the town of Shaver Lake. Once you hit…

Boole Tree Loop – Sequoia National Forest

Where: Sequoia National Forest Mileage: 2.5 miles Difficulty: Easy to moderate Recommended: Water From Grant Grove, which is right off the 180, about 5 miles North turn left onto Forest Road 13S55. The sign will say: Converse Basin Grove, Stump Meadow and Boole Tree Trail. Needed…

Mist Falls – Kings Canyon National Park

Where: Kings Canyon National Park Mileage: 9.2 miles Difficulty: Easy to moderate Recommended: Water, snack, camera One of the main reasons we left at 5 am in the morning from Redondo Beach was to be able to hit this hike and still get to…

Trail Canyon – Tom Lucas Camp

Where: Angeles National Forest Mileage: 5.0 miles Difficulty: Easy Recommended: Water, pants It was one of those days that we needed to get out of the city, so we took the 210 freeway to Tujunga, CA. After exiting on Sunland (left) make another left…

Ansel Adams Wilderness Area

Where: Ansel Adams Wilderness Area Mileage: 26.50 miles Difficulty: Difficult Recommended: Fishing license, Wilderness Permit, water filter, bear box Why run a marathon when you can hike one in 3 days with a 50 pound backpack that gets lighter by the day? We hiked…