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Buena Vista Trail, CA

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,203 feet
Elevation Gain 429 feet
Accumulated Gain 443 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 Hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.32
Backpack No
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5  2018-07-13 fricknaley
22  2010-08-09 paulhubbard
Author paulhubbard
author avatar Guides 4
Routes 11
Photos 2,757
Trips 165 map ( 653 miles )
Age 62 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, Jul, Aug → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:09am - 6:52pm
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Georgeous Views!
by paulhubbard

Likely In-Season!
We heard from a local that this trail was as nice as the Big Baldy trail, which is twice as long. Since I've not been to Big Baldy I couldn't compare it, but the views were just as spectacular as what's described about Big Baldy.

The trailhead is easy to find, well signed just off the General's Highway in Sequoia National Park. From the trailhead you make your way up a gentle incline for about a mile, affording you ever increasingly panoramic views of the Kings Canyon area to the east, and the valleys around Fresno to the west. The trail is very well defined and meanders through trees and open areas with HUGE rock formations. When you approach the rock "peak" the trail seems to kind of just vanish, but not to fear; Just look and go UP. It's very easy to scramble up to the top of the rock summit, and once at the top the 360 degree views are hard to beat.

We were there on the weekend and we were the only people on the trail that day. Shortly after leaving the road you lose all traffic noise. This hike, like all the hikes in the Sequoia/Kings Canyon area is so nice in that there are no prickly things to poke you, no rattlesnakes to watch out for (although make noise to ward off the bears), and the ground is soft and inviting for walking. The surrounding forest kinda of reminds you of the Rim country, except the trees are all 10+ feet thick and 200 feet tall.

This is a great short hike, one that should not be skipped because it's "too easy." Take a picnic lunch, take your time, take your camera, and enjoy the peaceful solitude.

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2010-08-20 paulhubbard
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Fresno go east on highway 180 until you enter the Kings Canyon national Park. Turn right on Hoghway 188 into Sequoia National Park. Drive approximately 7 miles, and look for the sign for Buena Vista trailhead on the west side of the road.
    page created by paulhubbard on Aug 20 2010 4:07 pm
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