Easily Accessible Lakes in the Sequoia National Park
Hume Lake (elevation: 5,200 feet)
Hume Lake is accessible with limited hiking Just a short stroll from the parking lot to the lakeshore. It’s also dog-friendly! There are drive-up campsites at the Hume Lake Campground.
Hume Lake is a resort that offers year-round recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, and non-motorized boating in the summer. They also offer snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Bike and boat rentals are available.
It also has a general store, gas station, and flushable toilets.
Weaver Lake (elevation: 8,707 feet)
This is a 7-mile round-trip hike, with 1075 feet of elevation gain. The trail is easy to follow and the hike is easy to moderate.
The trail begins at the Big Meadows Trailhead in Jennie Lakes Wilderness in the Sequoia National Park. Since this trail is in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, dogs are able to use this trial. Most trails in the National Park don’t allow dogs.
Two miles in you will come to a fork in the road. The left goes to Weaver Lake and the right to Jennie Lake. If you’re interested in seeing both, the trail loops to total 16 miles. From the junction, it’s 1.5 miles to Weaver Lake. You will pass by two creeks, after the second one, keep your eye out for a small trail to the right, this one heads right down to Weaver Lake.
You can swim in both lakes. Make sure to wipe off or rinse off any sunscreen and bug spray before getting into the lake away from the lake or other water source. This protects the ecosystem in the lake.
Weaver Lake is also a popular spot for trout fishing.
You are able to camp at Weaver Lake. There are pre-established campsites around the lake. Please remember that you must camp at least 100 feet from the lakeshore. There are several fire rings at the pre-established campsites. If you will be starting a campfire, follow proper protocol to avoid starting a wildfire and put it out before going to bed for the night. If you are backpacking, Jennie Lakes Wilderness does self-issued permits.