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The Best Backpacking in Fresno County

Looking for the best backpacking in Fresno County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Fresno County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Fresno County

  • Tulare County, California

    Hart Tree, Fallen Goliath, Redwood Creek Loop

    7.4 mi / 1857 ft gain
    Hart Tree, Fallen Goliath, Redwood Creek Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Stony Creek Village, California.
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  • Tulare County, California

    Redwood Canyon Sugar Bowl Trail

    10.9 mi / 2185 ft gain
    Redwood Canyon Sugar Bowl Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Cedar Grove, California
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  • Tulare County, California

    Hike the Sugar Bowl Loop in Kings Canyon NP

    4.5
    6.5 mi / 1480 ft gain
    First and foremost, to get to this trailhead you need to drive down a 2-mile, one lane dirt road that is quite steep. It is highly recommended you do this in an AWD or 4WD vehicle, especially since the road can be muddy from snowmelt or after a recent rain. We have a 2WD car but used chains for e...
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  • Tulare County, California

    Hike the Hart Tree Loop Trail

    7.4 mi / 1348 ft gain
    The trailhead is near Quail Flats down a dirt road. The road is sometimes closed due to flooding or snow or restoration - if the road is closed when you go, add 4 miles to the overall trail mileage.  The trail begins across from the Sugar Bowl trail. You will see lots of amazing landmarks on this...
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  • Shaver Lake, California

    Camp at Bretz Mill Campground

    4.0
    / 3286 ft gain
    Bretz Mill Campground is truly one of a kind - no fee, open year round, first come, first serve. This is a wonderful campground is an oasis for those seeking to picnic, cool off during hot summer days, or explore snowy trails. This is also a great place to spend the night when many campgrounds at...
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  • Hume, California

    Weaver Lake Trail

    6.88 mi / 1194 ft gain
    Weaver Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Three Rivers, California.
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  • Hume, California

    Jennie Lake via Big Meadow

    4.5
    13.25 mi / 2254 ft gain
    Jennie Lake is a beautiful subalpine lake located in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness just outside of Sequoia National Park. There are no backpacking quota restrictions making this a perfect trip that requires little planning. Your journey starts at the Fox Meadows trailhead on paved Forest Service R...
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  • Tulare County, California

    Backpack to Weaver Lake, CA

    7 mi / 1075 ft gain
    The hike to Weaver Lake begins at the Big Meadows trailhead in Sequoia National Forest (elevation: 7,633 ft.). There is roadside parking at the beginning of the trailhead and more parking available just inside the gate. At the trailhead, there is a vault toilet, trash receptacle, and map of the a...
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Backpack Bearpaw Meadow to Redwood Meadow

    21.3 mi / 5400 ft gain
    Redwood Meadow is absolutely gorgeous - an amazing reward for your backpacking efforts. This trail is a great backpacking route to take in the early spring when elevated trails are still covered in snow. The trail progresses from the foothills to a giant sequoia grove. The rivers can be a bit cha...
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  • Shaver Lake, California

    Camp at Lily Pad Campground

    / 6556 ft gain
    Lily Pad Campground is set on an uncrowded lake with surrounding wilderness and jaw-dropping granite rock. The campground operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is a popular location for fishing enthusiasts. The campground is open from May - November. Nearby activities include hiking, ...
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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

    5.0
    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

    High Sierra Trail: Ninemile Creek to Bearpaw Meadow

    21.38 mi / 4341 ft gain
    High Sierra Trail: Ninemile Creek to Bearpaw Meadow Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Three Rivers, California.
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  • Tulare County, California

    Seville Lake Trail

    12.99 mi / 2326 ft gain
    Seville Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Stony Creek Village, California.
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Heather Lake via Hump Trail (Winter Route)

    7.63 mi / 2365 ft gain
    Heather Lake via Hump Trail (Winter Route) is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Three Rivers, California.
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  • Sequoia National Park, California

    Moose Lake via Watchtower and Pear Lakes Trails

    16.09 mi / 4639 ft gain
    Moose Lake via Watchtower and Pear Lakes Trails is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Three Rivers, California.
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