Crescent Meadow Loop
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Easy hiking trail that takes you past the Chimney Tree and Tharp's Log.
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Kate H
Colorado106 contributions
Oct 2022
We started out left from the parking lot and were happy we did. Fewer crowds (although it wasn't busy in October) and immediate rewards! It was magical walking through the sequoias, and the kids were in awe. Tharp's Log was a fun rest break to read some history and imagine. Definitely do this loop, it is easy and rewarding.
Written 10 November 2022
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Sally S
Fort Littleton, PA58 contributions
Jul 2022
We did this one first thing in the morning on our last day in California and I'm so glad we did it. Almost no one was there and it allowed us time to pause, be quiet and absorb. Not as many big trees as Congress Trail but still really cool and don't miss Tharp's Log, while your on this trail.
Written 25 July 2022
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,313 contributions
Jun 2022
This trail is lovely walk with an abundance of flora and fauna. We saw numerous wildflowers, a marmot, squirrels, chipmunks, and a bear. It is a relatively flat and easy walk.

Make sure you have a trail map if you are going to use this trail to connect with other trails as the park signage is woefully inadequate and in some cases inaccurate.
Written 13 June 2022
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Kristy
Huntsville, AL740 contributions
May 2022
This was one of the first hikes in the park. It is just past Moro Rock. The loop takes you by some huge trees, Tharp's Log, Chimney Tree and a beautiful meadow. We saw a bear feeding in the meadow while we were there. It was an easy to moderate hike,
Written 25 May 2022
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,076 contributions
Aug 2021
The trail is a packed surface, a bit is even paved, so an easy walk to a meadow that stands in stark contrast to the giants all around. Can easily include Tharp's Log on the walk. Lots of shade so pleasant in the hottest part of the summer.
Written 14 September 2021
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Anthony S
Roanoke, VA572 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This place is a gem and one of the highlights of our trip. Along with the Congress Trail, we hiked most of this Loop including parts of Log and Huckleberry Meadows. Huge wide open green meadows, some wildflowers, and plenty of wildlife including several mule deer. Parking lot is small, so get there early. If you come to Seki, make sure you make time for this area.
Written 16 July 2021
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Jennifer T
Devore Heights, CA346 contributions
May 2021
Enjoyed our early morning walk on the loop. We also took the short off shoot trails to see Tharps Log and chimney tree. We were blessed to see two black bears in the meadow.
Written 31 May 2021
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DrHickenlocher
Irvine, CA1,067 contributions
Aug 2020
The Crescent and Log Meadows loop was one of our favorite hikes of the trip. A little less than 2 miles in all, we saw marmots and golden mantled ground squirrels, several interesting trees, beautiful meadows, and Tharp's Log along the way. The only thing I wish was different was for the route to be entirely dirt instead of having part of it paved. But I do understand that paving allows for easier disability access all the way to Tharp's Log.

We arrived at the Crescent Meadow parking lot around 9:30am on an August Wednesday to find it half full. We decided to take the trail clockwise by heading to the left first. We made it to the Chimney Tree at 9:55 and then Tharp's Log at 10:15. We probably could have made it faster but had been making short excursions to the sides here and there. Pro Tip: Download the free NPS Sequoia and Kings Canyon app for your phone and download the offline maps as well before you go. I usually use Alltrails, but since I don't have Alltrails Pro and no internet service, the offline maps were a lifesaver on all of these trails to know exactly where I was relative to all the points of interest and how much farther we still had to go. It's really quite accurate.

From Tharp's Log back to the parking lot, the entire trail back is paved, which makes it super easy to follow but was kind of a let down. It just feels less like a "trail", you know what I mean? We made it back to the car around 10:50 and headed out to find a better spot for lunch. There were a couple of picnic benches shaded by the surrounding trees and a pit toilet restroom, but I wouldn't call it a good "picnic spot".
Written 8 September 2020
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Swelll
Melbourne, Australia113 contributions
Aug 2020
As described this is a great view in the park and a great contrast to the Sequoias around it.
Two milestones in here are the Squatters Cabin and Tharps Log. Lots of wildlife too - Marmots, Deer, bear activity too..but didnt see during this walk.
Very accessible for all adults and kids.
Written 1 September 2020
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RandSand
Poway, CA352 contributions
Aug 2020
This is an easy hike with lots of scenery. We saw plentiful wild flowers even in August, as well as marmots.
Written 19 August 2020
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