Lady Bug Trail in Sequoia National Park

The Lady Bug Trail is located in the South Fork area of Sequoia National Park.  It is the southernmost area of the park that can be reached by vehicle.  Most people don’t even realize this is part of the park.  The road actually dead ends right inside of the park. Needless to say, it doesn’t get many visitors so if you are looking for solitude, this is a great spot!

Lady Bug Trail

South Fork of the Kaweah River that you cross at the beginning of the trail

I have only been hiking on this trail once with my mom, sister and nephew.  We didn’t go the entire way but we enjoyed ourselves!

Lady Bug Trail in Sequoia National Park

Sis and nephew climbing on rocks

Lady Bug Trail is in the foothill section of Sequoia National Park and is accessible year round.

Lady Bug Trail in Sequoia National Park

Mountain on other side of canyon from trail.

The reason for the name – Lady Bug Trail –  is because millions of ladybugs winter in this area.  In the spring they head back to the Central San Joaquin Valley.

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When we went the ladybugs had mostly all already migrated down to the valley.

Lady Bug Trail in Sequoia National Park

Homer’s Nose

We turned around not long after seeing this view.  The trail began to go downhill and would have ended up at Ladybug Camp, a primitive campsite along the river.  Near there is Ladybug Falls.  If you continue along the trail (not sure if there is a name change here) you will end up in Whiskey Log Camp.  The total round trip mileage is 3.8 miles to Ladybug Camp and 8 miles to Whiskey Log Camp.  The trail connects to many other trails but if you decide you want to hike them you better have maps and/or GPS!  The Sierra Nevada mountains can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.

Lady Bug Trail in Sequoia National Park

Looking down into the canyon that the trail parallels

Lady Bug Trail is a great place to hike and get away from the hustle and bustle of life.  It is rated moderate because of the steepness of the trail in spots.  Here is a link to a more detailed description of the trail itself all the way to Whiskey Log Camp: NPS website

I am hoping that I will be able to go back there soon and at least make it as far as Ladybug Camp!  It is just one of the many amazing trails I have been on in Sequoia National Park!

 


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