Hike to Tokopah Falls in Sequoia National Park

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Distance

4 miles

Elevation Gain

500 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Adam Franklin

A family-friendly hike to beautiful waterfall in Sequoia National Park.

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 river and gradually climbs to Tokopah Falls. There is plenty of coverage from the sun and ample opportunity to take in the beauty. In warmer months, a quick jump or swim in the river could be a great way to break up the trip. The final approach to the falls is more exposed as you climb around, and even under, granite boulders to reach the final view point. The end of the trail leaves you with a dramatic view of the waterfall and the valley behind you. There is a large rock with ample space to take in the sights and for a large group to sit and have lunch.

We visited the Falls during Spring Break, and after weeks of warm weather, were snowed on the day prior to this hike. Despite two inches of the white stuff, this trail was a highlight of the trip. The waterfall was also partially frozen which added to the scenery.

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ūü•áTop Contributor

4 months ago

easiest way to see the parks mountain areas

This trail was awesome change up to the Sequoia tree trails that dot the park. Waterfalls are always a draw though, so be ready for a bit of a crowd.

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over 3 years ago

Spring falls = A+

Just finished this hike at the falls were stunning. Gets a bit tricky after a fresh snow fall but a great hike

Have A Picnic!

Great little snowshoe hike, perfect place for a picnic to watch the falls and and the small avalanches from the high peeks above.

The perfect place to get engaged :)

Easy hiking trail and beautifully scenic. Walks through tall forests and along the river. The waterfall is gorgeous and where my boyfriend asked me to be his future Mrs! I may be biased, but this is a perfectly wonderful trail.

Snow Shoe Heaven!

I snowshoed this trail on March 3/6 after a huge snowstorm! We got 4ft of snow the night before. Lodge pole and the camping site was closed for the season, so the hike was untouched and beautiful. We only survived the trip because we have good snowshoes and clothes to keep us warm. The trail is gradual and not to steep, so snowshoeing wasn't too hard but still a good challenge. This hike would be a breeze without snow.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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