Hiking The High Sierra Trail

The 35th most popular hiking trail in California.

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email

East of Fresno in the Sequoia National Park, the 72 mile High Sierra Trail is a classic hiking trek across Sequoia National Park from west to east past giant sequoia groves and through canyons and passes.

To reach the western trailhead, follow Generals Highway in Giant Forest. Turn onto Cresent Meadow Road for 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

To reach the eastern trailhead, head 13 miles west of Lone Pine to Whitney Portal.

Overall, High Sierra Trail is the 35th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby High Sierra Trail including Mount Whitney Trail, Lakes Trail / Pear Lake Trail and New Army Pass Trail.

High Sierra Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Sequoia National Park (559) 565-3134; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes In Northern California" from John Soares

Recommended Map:  "Sequoia-Kings Canyon Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Jul. - Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Stoney Creek CG; NFS Tenmile CG; Cedar Grove Lodge, Grant Grove (559) 335-5500

Luxury Loding:  John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove; Wuksachi Lodge, Lodgepole (559) 253-2199

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/seki

GPS:  36.5537, -118.7488

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  6/23/2016

ID:  11576

High Sierra Trail Hiking Map


Our one-step registration gives you instant, unlimited access to all of our printable trail guides for ALL sports in ALL regions worldwide.

For hiking the High Sierra Trail in California, our printable trail guides offers trail descriptions, maps, lodging suggestions, driving directions, levels of difficulty and points-of-contact.