About Redwood Canyon
The Redwood Canyon Trailhead is 6 ½ miles from the Grant Grove Visitor Center. From Grant Grove, drive 5 miles south on the Generals Highway, turn right at Quail Flat onto a rough dirt road. Continue for 1 ½ miles to Redwood Saddle, and follow the left fork to the parking area.
Trails of Redwood Canyon:
Sugar Bowl Loop:
Distance: 6.4 miles
Elev. Gain: 750 feet
Sometimes referred to as the “grove within a grove,” this portion of the Redwood Canyon Grove is particularly enjoyable because of the high density of young sequoias. Following the trailhead sign to the right, ascend a ridge of Redwood Mountain for 1.5 miles where a series of switchbacks lead to an overlook of Big Baldy. Continue to the summit to another overlook at 2 miles. The trail descends into the Sugar Bowl, a dense stand of mature and young sequoia. After descending into the canyon you will encounter Redwood Creek and the junction to the Hart Tree. Follow the trail to the left back to the parking area.
Hart Tree and Fallen Goliath Loop:
Distance: 8.3 miles
Elevation change: 925 feet
This alternate loop provides numerous vista points and a taste of the human history that are part of the Redwood Canyon experience. Follow the old dirt road .3 miles to the trail sign. Turning left and crossing fern-lined Redwood Creek, Barton’s Post Camp marks the remains of an old logging site from the 1800’s. The trail continues past lovely Hart Meadow and though Tunnel Tree, a hollowed out giant sequoia. At 3.2 miles you reach a spur trail to the largest tree in the grove, the Hart Tree. After passing a small waterfall, you soon encounter the Fallen Goliath. The trail will descend to the Redwood Canyon Trail leading to Big Springs (another 3 mile spur) and shortly the junction to the Sugar Bowl Loop. Veer right at both and continue up canyon, parallel to Redwood Creek and back to the parking area.
Distance: 2 miles
Type: out and back
Elevation change: 420 feet
This easy hike will provide the hiker with great views of Redwood Canyon, Buck Rock and the high peaks of Kings Canyon. The trail head is 6 miles south of Grant Grove on the Generals Highway, and on the right just past the Kings Canyon Overlook. The trail rises 450 feet in elevation and passes through several wildflower bedecked areas and some beautiful stands of Jeffrey Pines.
Big Baldy Trail
Distance: 4.5 miles, round trip
Time: 2 ½ hours
Trailhead: Parking area on Generals Highway, approximately 8 miles south of Grant Grove
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
The trail to the summit of Big Baldy is considered moderate difficulty. The trail alternates between forest and granite covered areas and eventually reaches an elevation of 8,209 feet with jaw dropping panoramic views. For those interested in a little more Kings Canyon hiking, continue on for another half mile to catch a view of a formation called Chimney Rock.