West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes: California's Giant Sequoias, Sugarbowl Loop, Kings Canyon NP

Take a lightly trafficked trail into the word's biggest grove.

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“This hike has 250-foot-tall sequoias and outstanding wildflowers and foliage,” raves Carol Underhill. “And it’s rarely crowded.” Follow Redwood Canyon Trail .3 mile to Redwood Creek Trail, then Sugarbowl Trail at mile two. At mile four, reach 7,001-foot Redwood Mountain and descend a ridge 2.6 miles through towering trees.


Driving From CA 198 and CA 180, take CA 198 3.4 miles east to FR 14S75. Turn right and go 1.8 miles to the trailhead.

Map and GuideTrails Illustrated Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks ($12 natgeomaps.com); Hiking Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, by Laurel Scheidt ($17, falcon.com)

Contact (559) 565-3341, nps.gov/seki