Hikers and horses. No mountain bikes or dogs are allowed. No wheelchair facilities.
Subjective Trail Rating for Beauty and Difficulty:
This is one of the easier hikes in Sequoia National Park. It is a relatively level walk and the distance from the trailhead to the falls is a little more than 1.7 Miles. This is an out and back adventure so total distance round trip is about 3.5 miles. The hike is of exceptional beauty starting in pine forest and ending at the boulder strewn head of Tokopah Canyon at the base of the falls. The best time of year for this hike is in the spring when the river is running high but after most of the snow has melted.
Day-use permits are not required but wilderness permits are necessary for over night camping. Contact the park for information on the fee charged.
From Visalia take highway 198 east to the Ash Mountain Sequoia National Park entrance. The highway becomes the Generals highway. Continue north until you reach the Lodgepole Campground turnoff. The trail starts from alongside the campground road shortly after crossing the bridge over the Marble Fork of the Kaweah river. Sequoia can also be reached from the north by taking highway 180 east out of Fresno to Grants Grove and then turning south on the Generals highway.
A free map is available when you enter the park. For a USGS topographic map, ask for Lodgepole. There are also many excellent trail books covering the Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks area that are available at any good book store.
Who to contact:
Superintendent, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks, Three Rivers CA. 93271-9700 or call (209) 565-3134
Werner Hager at email@example.com
Last updated August 03, 1997.
Copyright 1996 by Werner W. Hager and Micromoms. All rights reserved.