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Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Easy hiking trail that takes you past the Chimney Tree and Tharp's Log.

Easy hiking trail that takes you past the Chimney Tree and Tharp's Log.

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Bear spotting!

This is by far the best place to spot the brown bears, as they are chilling in the meadows. we saw about 7 of them! Amazing place

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Chubbyswami
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169 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is by far the best place to spot the brown bears, as they are chilling in the meadows. we saw about 7 of them! Amazing place

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

At the Crescent Meadow Loop you walk through the sequoias around a grassy meadow. It is very peaceful, easy, and relatively uncrowded. We saw three bears in two separate places on our walk. One was pretty close to us, but busy eating. Tharp's Log was interesting; it's a sequoia made into a home. We took the bus there, which was... More 

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El Monte, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

When you go to sequoia park, you can't miss Crescent meadows , it is a beautiful , relaxing view. When we were there, we saw a brown cub, it was so cute.The trails are nice ,quiet . Bring water with you, wear comfortable shoe. You can take the shuttle I at museum of sequoia to Moro Rock , after that... More 

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Oklahoma
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208 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We drove into this area before the crowds started arriving. We walked to Tharp's Log then Chimney Log before walking along the meadow trail. Along the way we saw more huge trees, ground squirrels and a big cinnamon phase black bear in the meadow. We were about 100 yards from it and a couple other people were even closer but... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The tourist guide book said it was the favourite place of the park's Bears, and it didn't lie. In this beautifull Meadow, almost elvish landscape from the Lord of the Rings, a bear was peacefully eating his grass, not taking care of the 10+ tourists who were taking pictures of it. The perfect place to finish the day at sequoia,... More 

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Allow at least an hour at Crescent Meadow and Tharp’s Log. A variety of paths and routes are available. We found the path to be a little confusing, and we did not take exactly the route we had planned; perhaps some better signage along the way would help. The walk by the meadow was pleasant, and we sighted a bear... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

One of the best places I've been to in Sequoia NP. Saw half a dozen bears, lots of squirrels, deer, so much spectacular natural beauty. Allow a couple hours to wander around the many trails in this area.

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El Centro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Took the free shuttle, was ready to go at 8 but busses don't run until 9 - was 10 am by the time we arrived at the Crescent meadow trail head; we were disappointed because we thought we were too late to see good wildlife, wishing we had taken the truck to the trailhead...What a surprise! 5 min into the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

A short walk packed with stuff to see. An easy going route that should have taken us 20 min but lasted about 90! We saw 6 bears in the meadow, two types of deer, the little cabin and lots of other flowers and critters. Gorgeous easy walk.

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is a nice walk, paved in parts, very well marked. Took the trail to Tharp's Log and found it worth the trip. The best part of this loop though, was the three bears we saw in the meadow. One on the way out, 2 on the way back, just foraging for food. We spent 3 hours here, mostly enjoying... More 

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