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The Best Day Hikes

  • Moro Rock in Sequoia: A short but steep climb up a historic staircase that snakes through rock crevices to the top of Moro Rock. Rewards include one of the most awe-inspiring views in the Sierra Nevada. The walk offers plenty of places to rest on the way up.
  • Mist Falls in Kings Canyon: This 8-mile round-trip hike climbs 1,500 feet to the spectacular Mist Falls. The hike along the way ranges from moderately strenuous to easy strolling, through woodland areas that have lots of places where you can catch your breath.

The Best High-Country Hikes

  • The High Sierra Trail in Sequoia: This popular backpacking trail offers day hikers a glimpse of what's out there. It's a moderate, 10-mile hike with pretty views of the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River and the Kaweah Range.
  • Paradise Valley in Kings Canyon: This hike extends beyond Mist Falls to a broad valley bisected by a welcoming river. The long 14-mile round-trip hike is a bit much to do in a day, but it is possible with some planning and an early start.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.