“Crescent Meadow offers a gentle loop that is great for children and adults and is very scenic!”
— Shirley Han
For those traveling to the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, Crescent Meadow offers a gentle trail that is great for children and adults. The trail features a variety of scenery, a tree to climb inside, and another that was made into a house. The basic distance of the trail to reach Tharps Log and the Chimney Tree is 1.6 miles, but that can be extended in several ways to see more of the area.
The loop goes around the large meadow in the center, and offers beautiful views of the fields, flowers, trees, and wildlife!
Features: Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: It is a short, gentle route that would be great for families with children who want a scenic and brief journey through the forest.
Dogs: No Dogs
Head east from the south end of the parking lot at the end of Crescent Meadow Road. For 0.1 miles, the paved path is shared with adventurers setting out on the long distance High Sierra Trail
. They may be going just one mile to Eagle View or 60 miles to Mount Whitney.
When the trail splits, just after a pair of footbridges, take the trail to the left, which passes along the southern edge of the Crescent Meadow. Keep left at all remaining junctions to complete the loop and end up back at the parking lot.
Flora & Fauna
There is a beautiful, large, and lush meadow right in the center of the trail. The meadow can be accessed at various points on the trail, and there are several amazing spots to take photos from. Be careful, bears and deer have both been spotted on along this trail!