Tokopah Valley Trail, Sequoia National Park

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    Tokopah Valley Trail

    by chewy3326 Written Nov 29, 2005

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    Tokopah Falls

    There is no reason to miss this trail: it's only 3.5 miles round trip, and it leads to a beautiful view. From the Trailhead, the trail leads through slightly rocky terrain and alternating forest and clearings. On the way, you waill get a few good views of the Marble Fork Kaweah River as well as the Watchtower, which towers over the valley. Generally speaking, the first 1.25-1.5 miles of the trail leading from the trail aren't too exciting, though you will get some views as well as cross a few small streams. Then the trail will suddenly emerge from the forest with Tokopah Falls dropping hundreds of feet ahead. To your right is the sharp pinnacle of the watchtower, and a sort of bare granite bowl. The scenery is very beautiful, and you could spend a while here. From there, the trail leads through a pile of boulders to the foot of the falls. The view here isn't quite as nice as before, since you can only see the lowest tier of the falls from there. However, you can feel the mist from there, as well as admiring other waterfalls (if you come early, like May or June), the valley itself, and listening to the cries of marmots, which are plentiful around here. The trail takes about 2 hours round trip.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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