Official nonprofit partner of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Lake Kaweah, working hand-in-hand with NPS and USACE to fund and enable trail access and improvements, youth education programs, and stewardship of plants and wildlife.
There are more than 1,000 miles of trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. With so many options, you could take a leisurely stroll on the Crescent Meadow Loop Trail or challenge yourself to trek over 70 miles through the Sierra Nevada and attempt to summit Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.
With more than 2 million visitors each year, the parks' trail system experiences its fair share of wear and tear. So what happens when there’s a rock slide in the wilderness or restoration work needs to be done to blend in with historic work?
The Sequoia and Kings Canyon Trails Crew works relentlessly to keep our trails open and clear so that park visitors can have a safe and memorable experience. And since Sequoia and Kings Canyon is 98% wilderness, crews often have to travel to remote locations and stay there for months. They use mostly primitive tools - sledgehammers, pry bars, shovels, and handsaws. It is truly backbreaking work.
They also make sure everyone, regardless of ability, is able to enjoy the parks. In fact, right now there are five dedicated trails that are wheelchair-accessible:
General Sherman Tree Trail (Giant Forest)
Hazelwood Nature Loop (Giant Forest)
Big Trees Trail (Giant Forest)
Roaring River Falls (Cedar Grove)
Muir Rock Trail (Cedar Grove)
Construction and maintenance of these trails are made possible by donors like you. So please, show your support for the Parks. The expertise and commitment of the Trails Crew are truly beyond measure, and we value their commitment to keeping the parks in pristine condition for all visitors to enjoy.