Sequoia Forest Lodgepole Hikes
There are some fantastic day hikes in and around the Lodgepole
area and the Giant Forest area of the Sequoia Forest. Maps and descriptions
of the trails in this area are sold at the Visitor Center Book Stores
at Lodgepole, Ash Mountain, Grant Grove and Cedar Grove inside the
National Forest. Please be aware that pets are not allowed on any
trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. In developed
areas, pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
Tokopah Falls The trail to Tokopah Falls starts just beyond
the Log Bridge in Lodgepole Campground. It is an easy 1.7 mile (one
way) walk along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River to the impressive
granite cliffs and waterfall of Tokopah Canyon. Tokopah Falls is
1200' (365.8 meters) high, and is most impressive in early summer,
when the run-off from the melting snow pack in the Pear Lake region
upstream is at its peak.
Little Baldy Trail The trail to the summit of Little Baldy
begins 11 miles north of the Giant Forest Village on the Generals
Highway. This trail is 1.7 miles one way, and climbs 700' (213.3
meters). At an elevation of 8044' (2451.8 meters) the granite dome
of Little Baldy is an excellent location from which to study the
terrain of the Giant Forest Region.
The Lakes Trail The popular Lakes Trail begins at Wolverton picnic
area and ascends steeply to a chain of glacial lakes. Heather Lake,
the first lake on the trail, is 4 miles from Wolverton. Camping is
not permitted at Heather Lake, but backpacking permits are available
for Emerald and Pear Lakes, 5.7 miles and 6.7 miles respectively from
Alta Peak Trail Alta means "high"
in Spanish, and Alta Peak provides some of the best views and high-country
scenery within day-hiking distance of the Lodgepole/Wolverton area.
On a clear day, you can even see across the Great Western Divide
to Mt. Whitney from the summit of Alta Peak (11,204'/3415 meters).
However, the steep grades and high altitudes along this trail make
it one of the most strenuous in the western half of Sequoia National
Park. Don't try this hike unless you are in good physical condition.
The 13.8 mile round-trip hike to Alta Peak begins at the Wolverton
picnic area. Backcountry permits are also available for this trail.
Please be aware that pets are not allowed on any trails in Sequoia
and Kings Canyon National Parks. In developed areas, pets must be
kept on a leash at all times.
For More Information
Sequoia National Forest
900 West Grand Avenue
Porterville, CA 93257
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
Three Rivers, CA 93271