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Spring Hikes in Kings Canyon and Sequoia

If you love hiking, then you know that you go through withdrawals during the winter months. It takes a while for a lot of hiking trails to open up because of rain and snow. But there are a good number of hikes you can do starting in March. With Fresno only an hour from the entrance of Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park a little bit south of there, you can do day trips or make it a long weekend backpacking trip. Since there are so many hikes to choose from, here are some of the best ones.

Easy Spring Hikes

General Sherman Tree Trail

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About: The General Sherman Tree Trail is more of a short walk is doable by all fitness levels. The hike is paved so it is easy for stroller or wheelchairs. It’s a must see as the General Sherman tree is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth.
Distance: .8 mile total out and back
Traffic: Heavy
Check out the map here!

Tokopah Valley Trail to Tokopah Falls

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About: Tokopah Valley Trail is in Sequoia and features many waterfalls and huge granite slabs.
Distance: 3.7 miles total out and back
Traffic: Moderate
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Zumwalt Meadows and Roaring River Falls

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About: Zumalt Meadows is in Kings Canyon and features a roaring waterfall, beautiful river, and peaceful meadows. It’s kid friendly and even good for strollers.
Distance: 4.1 miles total out and back
Traffic: Light
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Marble Fork Trail to Marble Falls

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About: Marble Fork Trail is in Sequoia and features waterfalls, scenic views, and a large variety of wildflowers. It is kid friendly and you can even do this one during winter.
Distance: 6.3 miles total out and back
Traffic: Moderate
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Moderate Spring Hikes

Moro Rock Trail

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About: Moro Rock is located near Sequoia about 2 miles from the village. It’s an extremely short hike with incredible 360 degree views. The staircase is built into the side of Moro Rock so it is steep and can be dangerous.
Distance: .4 mile total out and back
Traffic: Moderate
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Big Baldy Ridge Trail

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About: Big Baldy Ridge Trail is located in Sequoia near Stony Creek Village and features beautiful wildflowers and scenic views.
Distance: 5.5 mile loop
Traffic: Light
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Mitchell Peak Trail

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About: Mitchell Peak Trail is located in Kings Canyon and features incredible panoramic views. It is also dog friendly as long as the dogs are kept on a leash.
Distance: 5.8 miles total out and back
Traffic: Moderate
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Bearpaw Meadow to Redwood Meadow Trail

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About: Bearpaw Meadow is located in Sequoia and features beautiful wildflowers, scenic views, and giant sequoias. If you are going all the way to Redwood Meadow then you will probably want to do a backpacking trip as opposed to a day hike. There are a lot of different destinations along the way that can be done as day hikes including Castle Rocks, Foothills Flowers, Panther Creek, and Mehrten Creek.
Distance: To Redwood Meadow Trail – 21.3 miles total out and back
Traffic: Moderate
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Hard Spring Hikes

Alta Peak Trail

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About: Alta Peak Trail is located in Sequoia and is not for beginner hikers. It is a strenuous hike that takes up to 8 hours, but the views are worth it.
Distance: 12.8 miles total out and back
Traffic: Moderate
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Mineral King to Little Five Lakes Trail

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About: Five Lakes Trail is located in Sequoia and definitely a 2 or more day trip. Previous hikers recommend hiking it clockwise because of how steep Sawtooth Pass is. Take your time on this hike because it is strenuous and you can wear yourself out before getting to your destination. It features awesome views and you can even see Mt. Whitney from Sawtooth and Black Rock Pass.
Distance: 28.1 mile loop
Traffic: Moderate
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Rae Lakes Trail

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About: Rae Lakes Trail is located in Kings Canyon and features beautiful meadows, lakes, and wildlife. This hike is best done over a 4-7 day period and is recommended to go clockwise.
Distance: 38 mile loop
Traffic: Moderate
Check out the map here!

About Kate Harris

Kate grew up in Santa Rosa, California and attended school at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where she studied Media Communications with an emphasis in Film Studies. She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and running. She currently lives in Fresno with her husband and is the content writer for WorldLight Media.

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