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    72 m
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    1.9 km
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    Hitchcock Meadow Hike


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    The Hitchcock Meadow Hike is a beautiful trail amid lush vegetation and looming sequoias to a picturesque meadow. Offering the possibility of spotting wildlife, this route is ideal for families with smaller children seeking a short but stimulating trek.

    Route Description for Hitchcock Meadow Hike

    Open year-round, this easy-going route boasts a magical experience. Wander through the enchanting forest abundant with a diversity of flora and fauna to the luxuriant meadow nestled amid the woodlands. Be sure to charge your camera; this route is impressively scenic. Note this path offers the possibility for birding, spotting bears and/or deer—just be sure to maintain your distance. Note entrance to the park costs $35USD per vehicle or $20USD per person for pedestrians or cyclists.

    Your journey to Hitchcock Meadow begins from the Big Stump Trailhead. Setting out from here, the path will head north before shortly redirecting westwardly. Gently descending through the woodlands, you will likely be in the company of like-minded explorers, notably on nice afternoons. Enjoy the shade of the looming conifers and keep an eye out for camouflaging deer.

    Not long after your departure from the trailhead will you reach Hitchcock Meadow. Admire the vibrance of the grassy meadow adorned with towering trees, then head back the way you came to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Hitchcock Meadow Hike Trailhead

    Access this hike via the Big Stump Trailhead off the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway.

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