Packsaddle Cave Trail

#2 of 91 trails in Sequoia National Forest

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Hike begins about 16 miles north of Kernville on Mtn. 99. Just north of the Fairview Campground. Trail climbs 3 miles to the cave. Bring a flashlight to explore the cave to see the remaining stalactites and stalagmites .

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Robert Thurston (47)

2 Completed1 Reviews

I cant believe I have lived here 10 years and just did this trail this weekend for the first time, definitely worth the effort even though the first mile kicked my ass

Shawn Carman (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Hiked Packsaddle Trail today with my 10 year old son. We throroughly enjoyed it. Great views, amazing greenery, and the cave was fun to explore. Definitely recommend this to anyone in the area and definitely get started early, before the afternoon heat.

Dalin Hamm (143)

2 Completed2 Reviews

I hiked this trail February 8,2015.. The first part of the hike was the worst part because its straight uphill but after you get to the top the view is beautiful. The weather was perfect and it was sooo green. We passed the cave because we missed the markers but we turned around and found it. The cave was like nothing I've ever seen before. Definitely my favorite hike of all time.

Dalia Wilde (284)

23 Completed5 Reviews

It's one of the harder hikes I've done, but very fun. Start early because it gets really hot and bring lots of water. We did encounter a rattlesnake on the way (after the first time we crossed the stream) so be very careful. Headlamps, and flashlights are helpful. There's not really any signs showing you you're on the right path so after you've reached the big boulder next to the three headed tree keep walking for a few minutes and when the path divides into two take the left one up the mountain and you should be able to see the cave then. Watch out for the bats on top of the cave!

Steve Hylton (2249)

44 Completed47 Reviews

Just hiked this trail on 4/5/14 and its in good shape other then when it drops down into Packsaddle Canyon it gets a little brushy but passable. The creek is flowing due to the spring snowmelt so expect to get your feet wet as the trail crosses the creek a few times. Didn't go inside the cave but not to bad other then some minor vandalism at the mouth of the cave where people like to carve their names that they were here etc...

Vanessa Terry (363)

11 Completed11 Reviews

This just might be my new favorite hike. We made it a family event and all three of my kids enjoyed it. That being said we took our time and completed it in 4 hours there and back, stopping to play in the stream, for lunch and of course to explore the cave itself. I would recommend some sort of nose covering if you have allergies at all for in the cave as it's pretty loose sand and gets dusty with a lot of people walking around in there. Great views, lots of different elevations (up's and down's) and over all a great family adventure.

Wayne Moore (364)

8 Completed3 Reviews

Correction on last post 5.5 there and back.

Wayne Moore (364)

8 Completed3 Reviews

Great trail. On the harder side of moderate. Cave is awesome, bring a flashlight. 5.5 miles to the cave and accent is close to 2000 ft. This site doesn't mention that.

John Hampton (607)

37 Completed14 Reviews

This is a fun little hike, not too hard, but it can get extremely hot in the summer! Bring plenty of water! The cave is pretty big, but easy to miss if you aren't paying attention. When you get the the Rincon trail sign, look up the mountain to your left and you will see the cave. Bring a flashlight and be safe!

Ryan Ot (92)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Not an easy hike for those who are used to lower elevations. And yes, start early if you go in July. 95 degrees when we started at 9am.