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Atwell-Hockett Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,650 Feet (2072.9 Meters) Atwell Mill Campground
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,950 Feet (607.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,499 Feet (2649.3 Meters) Hockett Meadows Ranger Station
Length: 10 Miles (16.67 Kilometers) Hockett Meadow

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General Description

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Richard P (Los Angeles, CA)
Time of Day: three days, two nights
Length of Time: Yes
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful trail
Conditions: Snow from Horse Creek up to Hockett Meadow, but very easy to walk on
Water Availability: Lots of water.
Recommended Clothing: Warm days and cold nights
Suggested Accessories: Nothing special

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON General Parking Atwell Campground
ICON Backpacking Atwell-Hockett Trail
ICON Dispersed Camping Atwell-Hockett Trail - wilderness permit required
ICON Hiking & Walking Atwell-Hockett Trail
ICON Bird Identification Atwell-Hockett Trail
ICON Plant Identification Atwell-Hockett Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Atwell-Hockett Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Atwell-Hockett Trail

Related Activities
Atwell Mill Campground - This campground is open to car campers and tents only. The site provides access to the mountainous terrain comprising the Great Western Divide.

Paradise Ridge Trail - This trail leads north out of the East Fork Kaweah River Valley over Paradise Ridge through groves of sequoias.

Tar Gap Trail - This trail is very steep for the first mile then levels for the remainder of the trip to Hockett Meadows.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, 47050 Generals Highway , Three Rivers, CA, 93271-9651, Phone: 559-565-3341, Fax: 559-565-3730, TTY: 559-565-3196


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