Hume Lake Loop

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Very Easy
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1-1.5h
Distance
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4.5 km
Elevation
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48 m
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Hume Lake Loop

The Hume Lake Loop is a beautiful nature trail that traces the shoreline of the shimmering reservoir. Nestled amongst the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this scenic adventure boasts incredible sightseeing as well as an abundance of outdoor pursuit opportunities. Explore this wonderful natural sanctuary the next time you find yourself in the Sequoia National Park.

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Route Description for Hume Lake Loop

Indulge yourself in the gorgeous scenery along the Hume Lake Loop. This magnificent trail offers incredible views, including the bounding Sierra Nevada crests and mixed forests that frame the shimmering reservoir. Offering a diversity of outdoor activities, this route attracts plenty of explorers, so expect to share the path—notably in the summer season! If you are seeking a more tranquil experience, we encourage you to head out in the early mornings or to explore in the off-season! In the warmer months, the area tends to be a bit buggy—so pack some bug spray. Note entrance to the park costs $35USD per vehicle or $20USD per person for pedestrians or cyclists.

Learn all about the history of logging and the area’s ecology as you wander the Hume Lake Loop. Lined with interpretive signs, this route is sure to impress history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Not to mention this is one of the few trails in the Sequoia National Park that permits dogs—so anticipate seeing some four-legged friends enjoying the outdoors! Open year-round, the best time to venture this trail is undoubtedly in the summer when you can cool off in the refreshing waters after a warm hike—though winter adventures are equally as enchanting. When hiking in the colder months, you can expect more seclusion; just be sure to dress in layers and pack some snowshoes, just in case!

Embark on your adventure along the Hume Lake Loop from the trailhead off Sandy Cove Road. Setting out from here, you will be led north along a paved path sparsely shaded by pines and cedars. Enjoy the scene of the shimmering reservoir on your left, and you will soon reach an intersection. Veer left here and follow the Hume Lake Trail over the arch dam—admiring the unique architecture as you trek. Wandering across the dam, you will be granted picturesque views of Tenmile Creek in the north. After crossing the dam, the path transforms into a dirt trail, directing hikers west along the lakeshore.

This section of the hike passes the Hume Lake Campground before delivering you to the Powder Can Day Use Area—this is a great spot to have lunch overlooking the water hemmed by the granite crests of the Sierra Nevada. Continuing along the path, you will be guided through the Hume Lake Christian Camp, where you will likely be in the company of campers also relishing in the great outdoors. After crossing over Long Meadow Creek, the route will redirect you eastwardly, past the Ponderosa Pool and away from the camp. You will eventually reach Sandy Cove Beach, which is a great place to take a dip before your adventure comes to a close. From here, you will track north back to the trailhead.

Trail Highlights

Hume Lake

Hume Lake is a man-made lake nestled amongst the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Currently owned and managed by the Sequoia National Park for recreational use, the lake was originally used as a water source for logging operations in the area. Created by the world’s first reinforced concrete multiple arch dams, the reservoir was used for logging until the cessation of the operation in 1924. Since then, the lake and surrounding area have become a popular outdoor recreation destination. Hiking, biking, swimming, camping, fishing, and non-motorized boating are just a few of the possibilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you swim in Hume Lake?

Yes, swimming is permitted at Hume Lake.

How long is the Hume Lake Loop?

The Hume Lake Loop is a 4.5 km hike in Fresno County, California.

Is Hume Lake a man-made lake?

Yes, a dam was erected in 1908 which formed Hume Lake, which was historically used as a water source for logging operations.

Insider Hints for Hume Lake Loop

  • Pack swimming attire, the idyllic pool will tempt you!
  • Explore in the winter months with warm clothing and a pair of snowshoes
  • Head out in the morning or evening for a more tranquil experience
  • Assuming you have a valid license, try your hand at some fishing
  • Don’t forget to pack bug spray!
  • Wear SPF and sun protection to avoid the effects of the sun

Getting to the Hume Lake Loop Trailhead

The Hume Lake Loop is accessed via Sandy Cove Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Hume Lake Campground

  • When to do

    Year-round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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