Summary: This is an awesome trail. I fell in love on the first step. The trail travels all the way through the park to Mount Whitney, a mere 71 miles away. You begin with a mild meandering along Crescent Meadow up to Eagle View, where you get your first taste of the splendor along this must-see trail.
Much of the trail follows along the side of a cliff, so if you are afraid of heights, this might not be your best choice. It wanders in and out of redwood forest, with much of the uphill shaded along the way. Still, it is best to get an early morning start, as the trail does get hot along the way, and if you have lots of gear for camping on your back, you'll enjoy it more.
Sadly, smog from the Central Valley begins to obscure the views later in the day. There are convenient campsites with bear boxes along Mehrten Creek, Ninemile Creek, Buck Canyon Creek and Bearpaw Meadow. Any of these spots are good jumping off points for other spectacular hikes.
Trailhead: Drive East from Visalia for around 50 miles on the 198 freeway.
You will pass the entrance gate where you will need to pay an entrance fee of $10 that is good for 7 days. There you will wind up into Sequoia National Park past Potwisha, Buckeye Flat, Crystal Cave until you reach the turnoff for Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow. Turn left and follow the road to its completion.
There are many places to camp along the trail, but they all need a wilderness permit to do so. In order to get a permit, you must either reserve one (recommended for weekends) or go to the visitor center at Lodgepole and get one on a first come first serve basis.
This is a long trail (11 miles one way) and camping is recommended. (Lat:36.56554 Lon:-118.62064)
Trail Guides for Sequoia NP - High Sierra Trail to Bearpaw Meadow:
Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
by Laurel Scheidt (Falcon)
by Tom Sinestra and Ann Marie Brown (Avalon Travel)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Sequoia and Kings Canyon (559)565-3341
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