Wandering Off the Trail is Strictly Prohibited in These California National Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks implement a seemingly peculiar rule – don’t take any shortcuts on the trails.

It may be tempting to cut across switchbacks or venture off-trail for a faster path may be enticing, this behavior poses a significant threat of ecological damage. The parks boast delicate soil and vegetation, highly susceptible to disruption, which in turn leads to erosion and detrimental effects on the flourishing plant life. That means that taking shortcuts can have a negative impact on the habitats of the park’s diverse and cherished wildlife.

By adhering to this rule and choosing to stay on designated trails, visitors play a crucial role in the preservation of the parks’ natural beauty and overall integrity. But it’s certainly not a rule implemented in all National Parks. In fact, Lassen Volcanic National Park actively promotes hiking off trail, since it’s nearly impossible to get lost with views of Lassen Peak throughout the region.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks offer an awe-inspiring journey through some of nature’s most magnificent wonders. At Sequoia National Park, visitors are greeted by the iconic giant sequoia trees, boasting breathtaking heights and immense girths that defy the imagination. The General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest living tree, stands as a testament to the park’s grandeur, inviting visitors to witness nature’s unparalleled marvels.


? General Sherman is a marvel of nature’s power.

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Just a stone’s throw away, Kings Canyon National Park captivates with its deep, glacier-carved canyon, a testament to the millennia of natural forces shaping the landscape. The grandeur of Kings Canyon is epitomized by the towering cliffs of the famous “Grand Sentinel” and the roaring Kings River cascading through the valley.

Enjoy these beautiful California parks, while staying firmly on the trails.

Active NorCal

Telling the Stories of Northern California


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