Sunset Rock Hike

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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0.5-1h
Distance
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3.2 km
Elevation
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56 m
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The Sunset Rock Hike is an easy-going adventure in the Sequoia National Park that reveals spell-binding panoramas of the High Sierra and Kaweah Valley. Head out in the evening for an unforgettable experience—watching the sunset over the granite mountainscape.

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Route Description for Sunset Rock Hike

Boasting the perfect overlook of the sun setting over the Sierra Nevada, the Sunset Rock Hike is a well-traveled route in the National Park. The undulating path progresses through the mixed forestland to the barren overlook above the river valley– note there are some sheer drop-offs here, so mind your footing and maintain a safe distance from the edge.

Revealing dumbfounding views, the exposed granite bluff warrants extreme conditions, so check the forecast and dress accordingly! In the afternoon sun, SPF is a must and plenty of water! Unlike most hikes in the area, this trail is busiest in the evening, so mornings boast a more tranquil experience. Note entrance to the park costs $35USD per vehicle or $20USD per person for pedestrians or cyclists.

Besides the incredible vistas from Sunset Rock, this nature trail exhibits the beauty and diversity of the area’s native flora and fauna. Trek along a meandering stream through the sequoia grove interspersed with incense cedars, red firs, Jeffery pines, and seasonal wildflowers. You may also encounter wildlife along this route, including bears, deer, and plenty of birds.

Make sure your camera is charged, and your picnic basket is filled prior to heading out. When you are ready, begin your adventure along the Sunset Rock Trail from the trailhead off Generals Highway. Setting out from here, you will be guided northwardly along the Sunset Rock Trail, gently descending down to Little Deer Creek.

As you progress, the undulating path will weave between lush forestlands and meadows. Keep an eye out for grazing deer as you travel further into the wilderness, and you will soon reach a clearing. Mind your footing on the uneven granite terrain, and you will ultimately reach the trail’s end at Sunset Rock.

Once you escape the shade of the woodlands, the path will open to mesmerizing views of the High Sierra. Revel in the scene of Mount Baldy in the north and Colony Peak in the southwest towering above the canyon. Snap a few photos and marvel in the grandeur of the wilderness before commencing your return. Head back the way you came to the trailhead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place to watch the sunset in the Sequoia National Park?

The best place to watch the sunset in the Sequoia National Park is on Sunset Rock.

How long is the Sunset Rock Hike?

The Sunset Rock Trail is a 3.2 km out-and-back hike.

Insider Hints for Sunset Rock Hike

  • Head out in the evening and enjoy a majestic overlook of the sunset
  • Make sure your camera is charged before setting out!
  • Pack a picnic and have lunch overlooking the mountainscape
  • Bring a flashlight for your walk back after watching the sunset
  • Mind your footing on the granite rock as it is uneven and slippery when yet

Getting to the Sunset Rock Hike Trailhead

The Sunset Rock Hike is accessed via the trailhead off Generals Highway.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    April-October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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