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Hiking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia & Kings Canyon NPs | California
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Trip Highlights

Top reasons to hike in Sequoia and Kings Canyon NPs

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    Admire the largest trees on Earth amid imposing sequoia groves

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    Discover abundant wildlife and countless plant species

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    Escape the urban buzz and discover jaw-dropping Californian landscapes

Sprawling across the southern part of the Sierra Nevada range, the vast areas of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks offer limitless opportunities for the ultimate hiking adventure. These parks truly epitomize landscape diversity and serene wilderness due to their versatile ecosystems and varied flora and fauna. In Kings Canyon, you’ll be struck by the splendor of gigantic sequoia trees! Explore the fast-flowing rivers, countless waterfalls, high mountain meadows, and a bunch of other geological miracles. The Sequoia National Park also features skyscraping sequoia groves that inspire awe among every nature lover as well as the General Sherman Tree—the largest tree in the world! Encounter majestic waterfalls, jaw-dropping overlooks, and hike across trails ideal for a lifetime of exploration. Let your expert guide navigate you through this irresistible wilderness and you will appreciate Mother Nature’s wonders even more!

Season

Year-round

Nearest city

Fresno, CA, is about just over an hour away

Duration

1 or 2 days

Skill level

Beginner to intermediate

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your days

Sequoia National Park Tour & Hike

Full-day

Embark on a journey to the heart of Sequoia National Park and witness some of the most breathtaking sights of pristine wilderness while walking through majestic landscapes and massive groves of giant sequoias. Soak up the views every step of the way and take in the sounds of glorious waterfalls as you pass by them. Let your guide tailor an ideal hiking experience for you and share some unbelievable information about the park’s history as well as its incredibly diverse flora and fauna.

Kings Canyon National Park Tour & Hike

Full-day

Treat yourself to a day of exploration in Kings Canyon National Park! Learn interesting facts about the park and admire deep valleys, the stunning Zumwalt Meadow, breathtaking rivers, and the largest remaining grove of sequoia trees on Earth. Your knowledgeable guide will make sure you find the best hiking objectives and experience this serene wilderness the right way.

Hiking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

2 days

Experience a sense of freedom in California’s breathtaking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks! Let your knowledgeable guide take you through the parks’ massive groves of sequoia trees and show you the spectacular waterfalls, beautiful granite formations, deep valleys, mountain meadows, and some rarely seen animals that call this wilderness their home. Immerse yourself in various landscapes, capture epic views, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Reviews

Reviews (3)

Cait Downey about Good Trip Adventures on Facebook

Such thorough, safe planning! Real pros and really fun! Can’t recommend them highly enough!

Erin Gough about Good Trip Adventures on Facebook

Well thought out and fun trips with Good Trip! I can’t recommend them enough. Good Trip Adventures will take your vacation to the next level!

Great planning! So well-planned!
Caitlin D. about Good Trip Adventures on TripAdvisor

Megan is an amazing outdoor guide! She thinks of every detail, and she prepares a truly fun, educational, and adventurous trip!! I felt safe being in rough terrain with her, and I felt like she had 100% control of our route, pace, and safety at all times! Can’t wait to book with her again!! Thank you GOOD TRIP ADVENTURES!!

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon NPs, CA

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA, please refer to the Sequoia & Kings Canyon NPS website, the California’s COVID-19 Government website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • A private, medically-trained naturalist guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A full-day or 2 days of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
    • Gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments
    • Round-trip transportation from the meeting point to the trailhead and back

What’s not included:

    • Transportation before and after the trip
    • Transportation from nearby major cities (San Francisco, LA, Sacramento)
    • Accommodations
    • Meals except for lunch and refreshments
    • Caving excursion on the 1-day hike in Kings Canyon National Park (additional fee payable on site)
    • Park entry fees
    • Parking

How fit do I need to be?

In order to participate in this moderately strenuous hiking adventures, you need to be reasonably fit and have a bit of hiking experience. The best thing about hiking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (20+ L bag)
    • Warm jacket
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Rain pants — optional
    • Wool socks
    • Breathable wicking layers
    • Warm hat or sunhat
    • Buff or neck scarf
    • Lightweight hiking pants
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Pack cover
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Reusable water bottles or hydration bladders (2L capacity)
    • Biodegradable toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Personal first-aid kit (including blister treatment)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For these private adventures, the usual group sizes are between 1-10 people.
    • Cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!

Hiking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon NPs can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, most people fly into Fresno Yosemite International Airport 1.5 hours from Sequoia National Park and 1 hour away from Kings Canyon National Park. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

For 2 days of Hiking in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, you can pay an additional $950 for transportation from nearby major cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles or Sacramento) each way. Contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations made more than 30 days before the trip start date will receive a refund, less a 20% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 30 days of a trip start date will receive no refund.

Participants exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, who receive a positive test result, or who have had direct exposure to a positive case within 14 days of a trip’s departure will be asked to postpone their booking to a later date (additional fees may apply).Good Trip Adventures monitors the communities we visit. Should any situations arise which we consider detrimental to group safety, a trip departure may be canceled or postponed. In the event of such a cancellation, full or partial refunds or trip credits will be offered.

Good Trip Adventures is not responsible for the cost of any flight changes or additional travel expenses if a participant is requested to change trip dates for safety reasons. Depending on current travel restrictions, participants may be asked to provide a negative COVID test upon arrival for a trip.

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