Best easy to moderate hiking trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Nicole Jordan

Wander through groves of Giant Sequoias, climb up some steep Sierra granite, stroll past alpine meadows, or plan a hike up to a pristine alpine lake. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks offer hikes with breathtaking vistas for all hikers who visit the park!

  • Crescent Meadow in California, United States

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      Hike the 2-mile round tip Crescent Meadow Trail Loop Trail to enjoy one of the most beautiful and easy-to-access meadows in both Sequoia and Kings Canyon. This is one of the best easy hikes in Sequoia National Park. Not only are the meadows surrounded by old-growth coniferous trees but the meadows are a common grazing spot for wildlife and wildflowers in the spring.

  • Little Baldy in California, United States

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      Hike the Little Baldy Trail to enjoy some of the best hiking in Sequoia National Park. The round trip hike to Little Baldy Dome is about 3.5 miles and gains 800 feet in elevation. It's steep in some areas but the views are rewarding. You'll pass through forests filled with conifers on your way to the exposed granite summit!

  • Big Baldy Ridge Trailhead in California, United States

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      The Big Baldy Ridge Trail is another one of the best hikes in Kings Canyon National Park and is located right off of Generals Highway. It's a 4.4-mile out and back trail offering impressive views of the Great Western Divide and Kings Canyon. Enjoy panoramic views along the way and continue along the trail past Big Baldy if you want to extend your hike and make it a bit more challenging.

  • The Congress Trail in California, United States

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      The Congress Trail is one of the best hikes in Sequoia National Park beginning at the General Sherman Tree. Walk amongst some of the largest trees in the park on this easy-to-moderate 3-mile loop trail. You'll see many mature Giant Sequoias including the President Tree and House of Senators Trees.

  • Marble Falls Trailhead in California, United States

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      Marble Falls is one of the best moderate hiking trails in Sequoia National Park. The 7.5-mile trail gains 1,600 feet of elevation along the way. It starts from Potwisha Campground which is located in the foothills area of Sequoia National Park. Check this trail out in the spring to enjoy a rushing Marble Falls and beautiful spring wildflowers. Later in the season, it gets very hot here so I'd recommend this trail in the spring.

  • Tokopah Falls in California, United States

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      Explore Tokopah Falls, one of the most popular hiking trails in Sequoia National Park. Just 4 miles round trip with a 600-foot elevation gain, this trail takes you to the glacial carved Tokopah Valley. You'll walk under canopies of coniferous trees, stroll alongside mountain meadows, and occasionally make your way across a creek-crossing before reaching the stunning Tokopah Falls. This is one of the great Sequoia National Park hiking trails for beginners.

  • Beetle Rock in California, United States

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      Beetle Rock is a short, easy, half-mile hike that offers incredible views looking out on the San Joaquin Valley and the western edge of Sequoia National Park. It's one of the best Sequoia National Park hiking trails for all visitors to explore. The trail starts just next to the Giant Forest Museum and along the way you can read about park information and the landscape.

  • General Sherman Tree in California, United States

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      Hike to the General Sherman Tree, the largest Giant Sequoia Tree on the planet! In fact, General Sherman is actually the largest living organism on Earth in terms of its cubic volume. It's one of the most famous Sequoia National Park hiking trails. The trail is a 1-mile round trip and gains 160 feet on the way up. Because General Sherman is located at 7,000 feet in elevation you'll feel the altitude on your hike up! There is also a handicap-accessible parking area close to the base of the tree so all visitors can enjoy it.

  • Moro Rock Trail in California, United States

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      Moro Rock is a half-mile round trip trail that winds you up an iconic rock feature in Sequoia National Park. Gaining 180 feet in a quarter-mile this is a steep climb up stairs carved in granite. From the summit, you'll have incredible panoramic views. While this is a very short trail it can be challenging with the quick gain, but the views are worth it!

  • Big Trees Trail in California, United States

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      The Big Trees Trail is one of the best easy hikes in Sequoia National Park. In just 1.3 miles you can hike among some of the largest trees in the world! This forest is filled with old-growth Sequoias some over 2000 years old. The paved nature trail is suitable for all visitors and has signs so you can learn more about these famous trees and the environment they thrive in.

Best easy to moderate hiking trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

By Nicole Jordan
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Wander through groves of Giant Sequoias, climb up some steep Sierra granite, stroll past alpine meadows, or plan a hike up to a pristine alpine lake. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks offer hikes with breathtaking vistas for all hikers who visit the park!
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  • Crescent Meadow
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    • nicolejordan Hike the 2-mile round tip Crescent Meadow Trail Loop Trail to enjoy one of the most beautiful and easy-to-access meadows in both Sequoia and Kings Canyon. This is one of the best easy hikes in Sequoia National Park. Not only are the meadows surrounded by old-growth coniferous trees but the meadows are a common grazing spot for wildlife and wildflowers in the spring.

         
  • Little Baldy
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    • nicolejordan Hike the Little Baldy Trail to enjoy some of the best hiking in Sequoia National Park. The round trip hike to Little Baldy Dome is about 3.5 miles and gains 800 feet in elevation. It's steep in some areas but the views are rewarding. You'll pass through forests filled with conifers on your way to the exposed granite summit!

         
  • Big Baldy Ridge Trailhead
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    • nicolejordan The Big Baldy Ridge Trail is another one of the best hikes in Kings Canyon National Park and is located right off of Generals Highway. It's a 4.4-mile out and back trail offering impressive views of the Great Western Divide and Kings Canyon. Enjoy panoramic views along the way and continue along the trail past Big Baldy if you want to extend your hike and make it a bit more challenging.

         
  • The Congress Trail
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    • nicolejordan The Congress Trail is one of the best hikes in Sequoia National Park beginning at the General Sherman Tree. Walk amongst some of the largest trees in the park on this easy-to-moderate 3-mile loop trail. You'll see many mature Giant Sequoias including the President Tree and House of Senators Trees.

         
  • Marble Falls Trailhead
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    • nicolejordan Marble Falls is one of the best moderate hiking trails in Sequoia National Park. The 7.5-mile trail gains 1,600 feet of elevation along the way. It starts from Potwisha Campground which is located in the foothills area of Sequoia National Park. Check this trail out in the spring to enjoy a rushing Marble Falls and beautiful spring wildflowers. Later in the season, it gets very hot here so I'd recommend this trail in the spring.

         
  • Tokopah Falls
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    • nicolejordan Explore Tokopah Falls, one of the most popular hiking trails in Sequoia National Park. Just 4 miles round trip with a 600-foot elevation gain, this trail takes you to the glacial carved Tokopah Valley. You'll walk under canopies of coniferous trees, stroll alongside mountain meadows, and occasionally make your way across a creek-crossing before reaching the stunning Tokopah Falls. This is one of the great Sequoia National Park hiking trails for beginners.

         
  • Beetle Rock
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    • nicolejordan Beetle Rock is a short, easy, half-mile hike that offers incredible views looking out on the San Joaquin Valley and the western edge of Sequoia National Park. It's one of the best Sequoia National Park hiking trails for all visitors to explore. The trail starts just next to the Giant Forest Museum and along the way you can read about park information and the landscape.

         
  • General Sherman Tree
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    • nicolejordan Hike to the General Sherman Tree, the largest Giant Sequoia Tree on the planet! In fact, General Sherman is actually the largest living organism on Earth in terms of its cubic volume. It's one of the most famous Sequoia National Park hiking trails. The trail is a 1-mile round trip and gains 160 feet on the way up. Because General Sherman is located at 7,000 feet in elevation you'll feel the altitude on your hike up! There is also a handicap-accessible parking area close to the base of the tree so all visitors can enjoy it.

         
  • Moro Rock Trail
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    • nicolejordan Moro Rock is a half-mile round trip trail that winds you up an iconic rock feature in Sequoia National Park. Gaining 180 feet in a quarter-mile this is a steep climb up stairs carved in granite. From the summit, you'll have incredible panoramic views. While this is a very short trail it can be challenging with the quick gain, but the views are worth it!

         
  • Big Trees Trail
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    • nicolejordan The Big Trees Trail is one of the best easy hikes in Sequoia National Park. In just 1.3 miles you can hike among some of the largest trees in the world! This forest is filled with old-growth Sequoias some over 2000 years old. The paved nature trail is suitable for all visitors and has signs so you can learn more about these famous trees and the environment they thrive in.