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Three Rivers, California

Three Rivers, California is a great destination for an unforgettable outdoor experience. From scenic hikes to must-visit attractions, the area offers plenty of options for exploration. Top attractions include the Sequoia National Park, the Kaweah River, the Giant Forest Museum, and the General Sherman Tree. There are plenty of trails to explore, including the Trail of 100 Giants, the Mineral King Trail, and the Eagle View Trail. The area also offers plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and camping. With so much to discover, Three Rivers, California is a one of our top picks for outdoor adventures and relaxation.

Top Spots in and near Three Rivers

  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Camp at Buckeye Flat in Sequoia National Park

    Entering Sequoia National Park at the Ash Mountain Entrance near the small city of Three Rivers, follow Highway 198 (Generals Highway) through the park until you see a sign for Buckeye Flat Campground off to the right. The campground sign is immediately after you see signs for Hospital Rock. Foll...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Hike Moro Rock

    5.0
    Moro Rock is a granite dome with a staircase leading to the 6,725 foot summit, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Great Western Divide. From Generals Hwy, you can drive up Crescent Meadow Road to the parking lot at the base of Moro Rock (summer weekends the road is closed for shuttles ...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Drive through Tunnel Log

    Tunnel log is a massive fallen sequoia across the middle of the road, which is a great photo opportunity for visitors of the national park. The mammoth tree fell over in 1937, but a year later, a car tunnel was carved in the middle of its trunk so vehicles could still pass through. Although the...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Backpack the High Sierra Trail

    5.0
    71 mi
    The High Sierra Trail begins at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park, on the West side of the Sierra Nevada range, and ends at Whitney Portal on the East, traversing the highest and most beautiful part of the Sierras. From deep river canyons to high alpine peaks, lakes, and meadows, this hike...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Hike Crescent Meadow

    4.5
    1.6 mi
    Crescent Meadow is a collection of loops in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. The trailhead is located just past the tunnel log east of General's Highway 198. The main loop is 1.6mi total. However you can take any of the loops to the General Sherman tree 3mi, Tharp's Log trail 0.5mi, or ...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Hike through the Giant Forest in Sequoia NP

    5.0
    2 mi / 154 ft gain
    Take a drive to Sequoia National Park and take in the beautiful views of the second oldest national park. If you go in the winter or early spring time, be sure to check the weather beforehand and be prepared for the cold.If you are an avid traveler to national parks, I'd recommend that 2 weeks b...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Hike the Congress Trail

    5.0
    3.1 mi / 500 ft gain
    While the General Sherman Tree is the main attraction in this area, the Congress Trail allows you to get away from the majority of the crowd and explore the giant sequoias at your leisure. The vast majority of visitors only walk to and from the General Sherman Tree. The trail starts out from the ...
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Hike Little Baldy

    5.0
    3.5 mi / 700 ft gain
    A short hike with impressive views of Sequoia National Park, the Little Baldy trail is the less touristy version of Moro Rock.  When we hiked it on a beautiful Sunday morning in the summer, we had the entire summit to ourselves.  Even if other hikers had been up there, it would have still felt em...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Hike to Emerald Lake, Sequoia National Park

    4.5
    10.4 mi / 2200 ft gain
    Begin this hike at the Alta Peak Trailhead in the Sequoia National Park. The trail initially takes you east-southeast through a loosely forested area that is stark and arid. Around 1.5 miles in you'll cross a small creek, but this creek may dry up in the late spring/summer. Shortly after the cree...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Hike to Pear Lake via the Lakes Trail

    5.0
    12.4 mi / 2300 ft gain
    The Lakes Trail to Pear Lake can be done as either an overnight stay or a day hike.  For overnight, you'll need to get a permit but there are beautiful camping spots available at both Emerald Lake and Pear Lake.  As a day hike, plan to spend all day since you'll undoubtedly pause at each lake for...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Backpack to Big Bird Lake & Moose Lake

    30 mi / 8000 ft gain
    This trip requires a wilderness permit. You can get one at the Lodgepole Visitor Center where you can also rent a bear canister or use the bathroom before heading out.Wolverton Trailhead -> Big Bird Lake (~12 miles)The start of the trail is on the left side of the parking lot and towards the m...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Mount Silliman, Sequoia NP

    5.0
    11.24 mi / 4449 ft gain
    There is available parking at the campgrounds at the Lodgepole Visitor Center. Lodgepole's elevation starts at 6720 ft. Twin Lakes Trailhead starts right at the base, which you will be following to get to Mount Silliman. Along Twin Lakes Trail are several campgrounds for your journey, you can go...
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  • Tulare County, California

    Tokopah Falls

    4.2
    3.77 mi / 617 ft gain
    This hike starts from the Lodgepole area of Sequoia National Park. Parking is easy at the easternmost end of the paved road prior to entering the campground. From the south side, the trail starts off by crossing the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River to the north side. It then loosely follows the r...
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Backpack to Franklin Lakes & Franklin Pass

    11.4 mi / 2500 ft gain
    Franklin Lakes is part of the Sequoia National Park and can be reached from the trailhead starting near the Mineral King Ranger Station. Bear containers are required and can be rented at the Ranger Station. The hike to Franklin Lakes campground will take 6 hours or less (depending on your speed/h...
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Backpack in Mineral King

    5.0
    30 mi
    The trailhead is right near the Mineral King Ranger Station (on Mineral King Rd) in Sequoia National Park. Depending on where you're coming from I would recommend driving in and camping at Cold Springs Campground (which is also in close proximity to the ranger station) the night before you begin ...
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  • Three Rivers, California

    Backpack to Crystal Lakes

    5.0
    9.8 mi / 2200 ft gain
    The trail to Crystal Lakes begins at the Timber Gap/Sawtooth Trailhead (7,800 feet elevation), which is located at the end of Mineral King Valley Rd.  The trail immediately ascends through a meadow boasting dramatic alpine views and a roaring waterfall. Eventually you'll cross Monarch Creek and b...
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Camping and Lodging in Three Rivers

Potwisha Campground
Sequoia National Park, California

Potwisha Campground

Buckeye Flat Campground
Sequoia National Park, California

Buckeye Flat Campground

Grouse Valley
Springville, California

Grouse Valley

Dorst Creek Campground Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
Three Rivers, California

Dorst Creek Campground Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park

Lodgepole Campground Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
Sequoia National Park, California

Lodgepole Campground Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park

Upper Stony Creek Campground
Woodlake-Three Rivers, California

Upper Stony Creek Campground

Guides, Insights and Stories from Three Rivers

Your Perfect Weekend in Sequoia National Park

Your Perfect Weekend in Sequoia National Park

Will Cebron

A Weekend Exploring Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks

A Weekend Exploring Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks

Benjamin Canevari

Bees, Bears and Bratwursts - Family Travel Part 2: Sequoia NP

Bees, Bears and Bratwursts - Family Travel Part 2: Sequoia NP

Ryan Longnecker

Outbound Reviewed: Backpacking Mt. Whitney with the Gregory Baltoro 65

Outbound Reviewed: Backpacking Mt. Whitney with the Gregory Baltoro 65

Will Cebron

So You Want To Hike Mt. Whitney?

So You Want To Hike Mt. Whitney?

Cameron Catanzano

Timelapsing Kings Canyon

Timelapsing Kings Canyon

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