Packsaddle Cave Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 67 trails in Sequoia National Forest
Packsaddle Cave Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springville, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.7 miles 1650 feet Out & Back
dog friendly hiking trail running walking cave river views wildlife over grown
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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 . Trail gains elevation fairly constantly with a 900 ft gain to cross the ridge/saddle. Along this incline you can see deer brush. manzanita, live oak, digger pine and sagebrush. Trail dips down to the creek - crossing it about three times. Cave has stalactites and stalagmites - bring flashlight.

Wayne King
3 days ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Scott Beaver
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Hike was pretty intense for it being labeled easy. I do cardio for an hour a day and this trail kick my a**. Took about 4 hours stopping pretty regularly on the way up. I don't know how some of y'all took kids to this cave....I thought I was going to run out of water. Definitely worth it though!

Ouenda Baaissa
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

The cave is definitively worth the hike. Avoid the mid day heat. Beautiful wild flowers along the way. A couple of steep spots, otherwise easy climb.

Jacob Barbosa
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Pretty interesting hike but well worth it at the end to see the caves

Tammy Cardoza
1 month ago

15 Completed14 Reviews

We hiked this 2/27/16 it is pretty tough hike. It was a challenge to find the cave but in the end it was all worth it. It was beautiful inside the cave we would have never found it if I had not read the reviews on here as well as someone being kind to make trail markers on rocks with a sharpie pen. Not a hike you would want to do if the temperature is above 85 degrees to hot...

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1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

amazing trail it's a bit difficult but worth the trip. the cave is massive

Erika Gatson
1 month ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

This was def worth the hike! The cave was awesome! Take flashlights and enjoy the incline, it kicked my booty! Then again I'm a slow poke beginner!

Erika Gatson
1 month ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

The first leg of this trail kicked my booty!! Pretty steep! Maybe I'm just a slow poke, but it took 4 hours! The cave was awesome! Take flashlights and a head lamp!
Worth it though ;)

Nick M
2 months ago

12 Completed2 Reviews

Good. Views aren't amazing but the limestone cave at the end was awesome. Things are muddy down by the river and bugs are all over the place. The first part of the hike was the most difficult, after which it's a series of mostly ups and downs but nothing as steep as the first part (a continuous climb). Would recommend.

Eli V
2 months ago

17 Completed5 Reviews

Gio Mendez
3 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

Gio Mendez
3 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

Steve Oswald
3 months ago

218 Completed195 Reviews

What a reward at the end! This trail wasn't particularly glamorous leading to the cave, but there were some nice views when you're at the higher elevation areas of the hike. Once you descend from your first climb, you'll come to a creek and have several creek crossings, all easily manageable. The area is a bit overgrown, but the trail can still be easily followed, so don't let that deter you. Once you come out from the creek, you'll notice a large tree that is leaning over heavily, and the trail to the cave is shortly after this. There will be a split in the trail, and take a LEFT here to go up the hill. The cave is a about 500 ft up the hill, and easily visible once you have taken the trail up the hill. The cave is awesome! It goes back a few hundred feet, has a few chambers, and many formations still. There are some areas in the back that have been obviously damaged by people, and the entrance is littered with graffiti, but it honestly doesn't take away that much from experiencing the cave. Enjoy!

Robbyn Belezzuoli
3 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Loved this trail!! Can't wait to do it again!!!

Jonathan Masterson
4 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Still snow on the trail and didn't make it to the cave as there's an icy wall covering the trail making it treacherous.

Jonathan Masterson
4 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Anthony Hilario
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This was a pretty cool hike. I've probably hike this like 5X now. The cave is quite difficult to spot, but things to remember to be able to spot it: you will cross some streams and it would look more like a forest, you're probably about 15-20 minutes from the cave. Just look on your left, you will start to hike on SOLID ROCKS rather than dirt and it becomes dirt again and the road should divide in 2. Take the Left and the cave can be seen. Enjoy.

Gio Mendez
5 months ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

This is an awesome trail .
I mean I'm sure there is many more cooler places to go or much more nicer but this particular trail is my favorite ..
(661)304-8377 I'm from Bakersfield so hit me up if you are down to hike I'm always looking for a challenge haha
And if u are a girl even better :)

Brandon Brummett
6 months ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

Good hike.

Allison Lively
9 months ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Deceptively difficult! This trail is about three miles straight up and 3 straight down, interchanging each mile. The first mile is the most difficult part, but the rest is only slightly less so. Bring LOTS of water with you and a snack - this will take you several hours! It's beautiful when you get to the creek beds, and just below the cave there is a nice shaded place to rest and relax- but its covered in trash by hikers that suck. wear good shoes, bring a headlamp for the cave, and watch the trail for snakes and scat - there was a FRESH pile of bear poo on the trail when we went!