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This is my first post here so hello!

I have a friend that wants me to take him backpacking for 5-6 days (it's his first time), I'm an experienced hiker. His only stipulation is that he wants to see either redwoods or giant sequoias. I've been looking around a ton and it seems that all the hikes that go near redwood/sequoia groves are short day hikes. We are open to really anywhere, Kings Canyon, Sequoia Nat. Park, northern CA.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to an itinerary that would include seeing some redwoods and sequoias but will also keep us in the woods for 5-6 days? He is not in amazing shape so something around ~40mi. would be ideal but I can push him if need be >:).
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A couple of thoughts.

Sequoia Gigantea, the Sierra redwood, only grows in small groves, and those are almost all accessible by car or a short walk.  There are no forty mile trails through those groves.  but you could certainly hike one of those groves, and then add a forty mile hike nearby.  Look at Tuolumne Grove off the Tioga Pass road in Yosemite, or Grant's Grove in SEquoia/Kings canyon.  Both are fairly near trailheads that could take you on memorable High Sierra backpacking trips.

As for the coastal redwoods, Sequoia Sempervires, There are not a lot of options here, either, for long backpacking trails.  You might look at the Lost Coast trail (30 miles, much of it along the beach...and consequently best in SEptember when the fog lets up a bit)

It it were me, I would see Wawona Grove and then hike CHilnualna Falls to the backcountry, or Grant's Grove and then head towards Lodgepole, or Tuolumne Grove and the trails out of Tuolumne Meadows.

Or head to Washington and hike the Cascade---forests there are a bit more accessible for this sort of hiking.  I generally avoid hiking in dense forests for a long period of time because there are no views...too many trees!


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For Sequoia backpacking trips, you are going to either settle for one or two nights among the big trees, or get really creative. You could start in the Giant Forest, hiking through it and out the High Sierra Trail toward Redwood Meadow. Spend a night at Bearpaw or Buck Creek or one of the campsites in between, camp in Redwood Meadow, reverse course and do the same on the way out.

You could do a series of one night backpacking trips. Get a permit and head into Redwood Canyon, looping up through the Sugarbowl grove on the way out, turning right in the bottom of the canyon to go down the creek to spend the night, reversing course then hiking through the Hart Tree/Tunnel Tree side of the 10 mile loop on the way back to the car. Go out into the Giant Forest, walk a nine mile day hike for one day. Then go visit the sequoias in Grant Grove and Converse Grove for a day. Get another permit and drive down through Three Rivers and out to the South Fork, and go up to the Garfield Grove to spend another night.

If it were midwinter and we had good snow depth, you could camp in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite - but it's not, and there's no snow there, so no camping/backpacking.

You're going to burn another day on driving to see redwoods AND sequoias, since redwoods live on the coast. But you can spend 2-3 nights hiking the Skyline to Sea trail, and see a ton of redwoods that way.


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Here are a few itineraries from our trips to the Coastal Redwoods and Sequoia last year:
http://www.fitpacking.com/2013/RNPitinerary.aspx
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http://www.fitpacking.com/2013/SEKIitinerary.aspx
and in 2010 (which has a lot more Redwoods):
http://www.fitpacking.com/2010/RNPitinerary.aspx


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The Freeman Creek Grove is a sequoia grove with a trail of a few easy miles out to where you can backpack.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/gsnm/gsnm-freeman-creek-grove.html

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=36.13108,-118.53295&z=15&t=T

There are others.  Some don't have trails to reach them.  This map shows all the groves.  Bring up the acme mapper topo for each then be creative.

http://www.sierranevadaphotos.com/geography/giant_sequoia/index.asp


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On a related note, FYI?

A multi-day, 40 or 50 mile backpack with the weight that entails for some who has never backpacked and is "not in amazing shape" is a close to guaranteed recipe for disaster. No matter how flat the route.

First time in boots with a backpack over that long? They will be miserable. Which might not be an issue for you but in any case: FYI.
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Tons of options for long trips including sequoia groves, here are 3...  Remember to look outside the National Parks.  There are more groves of sequoias in Sequoia National Forest than there are in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks combined.

http://www.tarol.com/gftomk.html - starts in the sequoias, hikes through a remote grove few people visit, then out to Mineral King - you can also hike out Middle Fork - or add on mileage by going past Bearpaw or Cliff Creek Junction

http://www.tarol.com/redwoodcanyon.html - you can spend a few nights down here exploring this largest grove of sequoias, also the largest cave in CA (not developed) is down here

http://www.tarol.com/blossomlakes.html - start hiking in the sequoias at Hidden Falls, the trail branches in several different directions - we ended up hiking back via the Garfield Grove down to South Fork.  You could also hike to Atwell Mill, a big grove near Mineral King

The first and third trips require a car shuttle the way I did them - but there are other options.  Buy a few good maps, and this book, and have fun!


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For a first time trip, why not do two smaller trips?  Say Redwood Grove in Kings Canyon to see the giant sequoias, then a trip over on the coast to see the coast redwoods?

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and in 2010 (which has a lot more Redwoods):
http://www.fitpacking.com/2010/RNPitinerary.aspx

That would be a nice option though you might want to break into a couple loops as I agree I wouldn't push someone new to backpacking 40 miles in one go even if the terrain isn't very hard.

FWIW, we did this loop and this loop 2 years ago to see the best of the redwoods. Note that Miner's Ridge site closed that year so you need to stay at Gold Bluffs Beach now. We really enjoyed both of those. They are simple overnighters, but you could add other loops as well somewhere else.
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