Sheep Creek Cascade

Kings Canyon National Park / Cedar Grove, California, USA

About Sheep Creek Cascade

Hiking Distance: 1.6 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2005-05-27
Date last visited: 2005-05-27

Waterfall Latitude: 36.78418
Waterfall Longitude: -118.68004

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The Sheep Creek Cascade was probably more memorable for the scenery along the hiking trail than it was for the waterfall itself.

It was a rather obscure waterfall that I only became aware of after looking at the park literature making a mention of it. It wasn’t in any of my guidebooks at the time.

We didn’t have to walk the entire length of the Don Cecil Trail to see the cascade.

Don Cecil Trail and the Sheep Creek Cascade

We only needed to walk about 1.6 miles round trip from the trailhead by the Cedar Grove Lodge area (near the Sentinel Campground) to the bridge by the falls.

After crossing Hwy 180, we then hiked uphill before crossing another road and then climbing some more.

Since the trail went uphill for quite a ways, we were able to get nice views of the Monarch Divide rising above the line of pine trees at the base of the valley.

Before we knew it, we made it to the bridge by the cascade.

Signs discouraged swimming in the water by this cascade because it turned out that Sheep Creek supplied the drinking water for the facilities at the Cedar Grove Lodge area (where the Cedar Grove campground was also located).

The Don Cecil Trail to the falls followed an old shepherds route. I reckon this was how the cascade and the creek got its name.

On the return hike along the Don Cecil Trail with granite peaks and domes of Cedar Grove in the distance

On the return hike to the trailhead, we were treated to gorgeous views of Kings Canyon (perhaps better than the signed Canyon View pullout down below at the Hwy 180).

I believe it was probably due to the higher vantage point so the trees weren’t as much in the way as at the roadside lookout point.


Sheep Creek Cascade is in Kings Canyon National Park. For information or inquiries about this area as well as current conditions, visit the NPS website.



As stated earlier, the trailhead is near the Cedar Grove Lodge area. It’s in the Sentinel Campground turnoff (on your left) as you enter the Cedar Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park along Hwy 180. Park your car in this complex, then cross Hwy 180 to pick up the signed trail as it ascends.

The Cedar Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park is about 2 hours drive east of Fresno along Hwy 180. Fresno is about 3.5 hours drive north of Los Angeles via a combination of the I-5 north and Hwy 99 north.

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