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This is an easy to moderate, ten-mile climb through giant sequoia groves and meadows.

The Atwell-Hockett Trail leads south from Mineral King Road to Hockett Meadows Ranger Station. It leads through the East Fork Kaweah River drainage following an easy path. The trail gains only 1,900 feet in elevation and is popular with groups using horses.

The trail begins on Mineral King Road at the Atwell Campground. From this trailhead, at 6,650 feet, the path leads southward, descending into the East Fork Kaweah River valley. The tread crosses the river then begins ascending out of the valley.

At approximately one and a half miles, and 6,200 feet, Atwell-Hockett Trail crosses Deer Creek. The trail continues to slowly ascend and eventually joins Tar Gap Trail, a short distance after crossing Clover Creek. This is the first campsite along the trail, six miles from the trailhead. The trails combine and lead into Hockett Meadows. Within a mile of joining Tar Gap Trail, Atwell-Hockett crosses Horse Creek, then becomes very flat. There are several trails that lead south from Hockett Meadow and can be used to form a loop through the area with Tar Gap Trail.

Directions: From Lookout Point Entrance, Follow Mineral King Road eastward to Atwell Mill Campgroun. The road is open through the summer months only.

Elevation: 6,650 feet

Ending Elevation: 8,499 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,950 feet

Distance: 10 miles

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

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Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, California

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