Cherry Gap runs along a ridge above Hume Lake in the Sequoia National Forest to the west of Kings Canyon National Park. The trail is great for those looking for something more challenging than your average maintained forest road. It also offers a great view of the lake below, plus a few welcoming pullouts for dispersed camping. The trail begins off Highway 180 at Cherry Gap, rising and falling between 6,000 and 7,000 feet as it follows the ridge. Driver experience and 4WD are necessary due to steep grades and four rock obstacles near the midpoint. The most challenging section requires traversing the steep face of a boulder or navigating around the boulder in loose dirt while precariously close to the edge of the mountain. Running the trail from northeast to southwest is the most challenging.
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