It's time to plan your adventure! Explore below for information and recommendations to make your trip here amazing!
Check in time is 3 pm & check out time is 11 am.
Check out the current weather for the lodge (Hint: pack some warmer layers to
explore the Park since it's usually 15 degrees colder by the trees!)
These are the things you can expect to find in your room:
Lodge rooms, Aspen & Hummingbird include: Mini-Fridge, Microwave, Organic Coffee (Beans, Grinder, Maker), AC/Heat, towels, bedding, toilet paper
Cabins with kitchens include: Kitchen wares (glasses, silverware, dishes, pots & pans), Fridge, Oven, Outdoor Grill, AC/Heat, towels, bedding, toilet paper
Available Upon Request: (let us know ahead of time and we'll have it in your room upon arrival) Pool Towels, Hair Dryer, Coal chimney & Coals ($5), Baby Pak-n-Play, Toddler seat, plates & utensils for lodge rooms, snack basket of organic muffins and fruit ($5 for 2 person basket)
Tips for your stay:
We are not currently servicing rooms for guests in-house and our lobby is also closed to guests.
Call, leave a voice message, or email the office for non-urgent items you might need refreshed before 5 pm each day. There is a video doorbell at the front door you can ring at any time between 8 am and 8 pm for urgent items.
If you want to dispose of trash there is a dumpster located to the right of the office. You can drop the bag over the green fence before 5 pm but if after 5 pm, please place inside of dumpster to avoid attracting wildlife! (Don't forget to RECYCLE all you can!) Alternatively, you can leave the bag outside with your recycling during the day and we will pick it up.
We are in a wild-fire risk area, so there are no outdoor fire pits or outdoor fires allowed anywhere on property (It's illegal!) Please dispose of cigarettes carefully too!
Our water is safe to drink from the tap. It is straight from the river & filtered to state standards, so bring your refillable water bottle and nix the plastic disposables.
Pets must remain with you at all times and on leash. Please pick up after your pet and remember furry friends are not allowed near or in the pools.
(See info at the bottom "Other Ways to Explore 3R" for walks leaving from the property.)
Buckeye Tree Lodge & Cabins
Sequoia National Park does NOT currently require reservations ahead of time to enter,
however save time in line by buying your pass ahead below.
Sequoia National Park is just 1 minute away from our lodge by car. It takes about 45 minutes
(15 miles) to drive to the altitude of the famous Sequoia trees and is a windy and scenic drive.
There are obvious places to stop and take pictures along the way and of course, watch
carefully for wildlife!
3. The Visitor Centers and all food, lodging, and camping areas remain partially closed for now so you can
download the official Sequoia National Park app from your app store ahead of time to have
on-board guidance within the park (works without cell service).
4. Check out the current Park weather, as it is a bit cooler and sometimes different at the higher elevations than down at the Lodge.
5. Plan your Park Days:
Some of our favorite day trips are listed below. Remember food services are currently NOT OPEN so pack enough food, snacks, and water for a long day of adventure. Note at higher altitude you can become dehydrated more easily so drink up!
1-Day Itinerary (download to print!) : Moro Rock (350 steps)> Tunnel Log | Crescent Meadow | Lunch at Lodgepole | optional add-on hike Tokopah Falls Trail (4.2 mi) > General Sherman (1 mi) and the Big Trees Trail (1 mi) | Return to Lodge
1-Day Itinerary, Option for 8-10 miles round trip: For long explorations in the Giant Forest | Tharps Log | General Sherman. HIGHLY RECOMMEND HAVING A COPY OF THE MAP ON YOU FOR THIS TRIP since there are lots of loops!
Afternoon: Option to hike Tokopah Falls (4.5 mi round trip) OR scenic drive with some short stops: follow Moro Rock road, park and walk Hanging Rock, then continue loop toward Crescent Meadow through Tunnel Log, stop at Parker Group, stop at Auto Log, and return. Go see General Sherman before heading back to Three Rivers.
Best Places to see Sunset in the Park: Moro Rock, (or Hanging Rock to watch the Alpenglow turn Moro pink), the aptly named Sunset Rock, or easier to access Beetle Rock. Remember to bring a flashlight as it can get dark quite quickly after the sun goes down!
For those lucky guests staying longer...
2-3 Day Itinerary: Choose any Day 1 and for the second day try Mineral King or Kings Canyon (a totally separate National Park!) Two memorable long hikes in Sequoia are also an option below for extra days!
Try the legendary, mesmerizing Sequoia Lakes Trail (14 miles roundtrip all the way to Pear Lake, however you can cut it short by stopping at Emerald or Heather Lake). Note this trail can get busy in the summertime!
Hike the highest mountain you can see from Three Rivers by summiting Alta Peak (15 mi roundtrip).
Mineral King: (2021 season opens noon on May 26) We cannot give enough praise to this favorite part of the park. A very windy and steep 23 mile road not for the faint of heart is rewarded with spectacular hikes to various Alpine lakes and always ends with a piece of pie from Silver City Mountain Resort (you won't regret stopping here for dinner, a beer, and a slice after your dayhike)!
Head to the very end of the road for the Mineral King Trailhead. You have options of different hikes to leave from here: just wander through the valley as far as you like or serious hikers can gain some more elevation going to Eagle Lake (7.2 mi) , Mosquito Lake (6.5 mi), or White Chief Canyon (7.1 mi).
Did you know our neighbor Kings Canyon is a totally separate National Park and is even deeper than the Grand Canyon in places? Taking a drive nearly to the end of the aptly named Road's End offers you picturesque views of the Kings River flowing through the deep canyon and many roadside stops for short walks to waterfalls. Zumwalt Meadow in early summer is breathtaking and not to be missed! (read latest road construction delays to Kings Canyon)
From the lodge start early and either drive through Sequoia National Park or for different scenery take the route around the lake and enter from the East. You will not have any phone reception throughout most of this route so bring a map or GPS enabled app.
King's Canyon: Enter at Grant Grove and feel free to stop in this area for a bathroom break and to see the second largest Sequoia. There is lots of history in this area from times of logging Sequoia's, so more stumps and less concentration of awe-inspiring living Sequoias compared to the Giant Forest.
Drive to Grizzly Falls, stopping for pictures along the way, and feel free to enjoy your picnic lunch at the tables here. After lunch, continue to park at Roaring River Falls to Zumwalt Meadow (4.0 miles) before beginning your return.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Did you blink when you drove through town and missed it?
Don't worry, we've compiled the list of the best of the best in these parts. .
Eating & Drinking:
The Most Important Meal (to Fuel Your Day):
Gateway Restaurant (next door): sit down, filling breakfast & not-to-miss champagne
brunch on Sunday mornings. Get 10% off when you show your room key!
Totem (1 mile back): yummy breakfast burritos & sandwiches
Sequoia Coffee Company: fancy coffees & griddle donuts
Sage Roots: Local pour-over coffee, smoothies, and organic fruits & veggies, order organic produce delivered to your cabin!
Sierra Subs (5 mi back): a must-do! Top rated for sandwiches & great vegetarian options
Totem (1 mi back): deli sandwiches, wine & beer
Reimers (2 mi back): well known local favorite for homemade ice cream & candies
Three Rivers Yogurt: self-service frozen yogurt & toppings with a delightful atmosphere
Pizza Factory (7 mi): ooey gooey traditional pizzas in a family atmosphere, sit down or take away
Quesadilla Gorilla: (6 mi) super fresh food truck for custom-made quesadilla's and salsas
More Filling Meal Options:
Ol' Buckaroo (5 mi back): our personal favorite restaurant in town with revolving menu of farm to table diner food in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Gateway Restaurant (next door): big portions of anything you can think of overlooking the river- we recommend the spare ribs & don't miss the Gateway chips! (10% off for our guests)
River View (3 mi): bar food & wood-fired pizzas sitting overlooking a different section of the river
Cocktails & Beer:
Three Rivers Brewery (5 mi): our very own craft brewery right here in 3R with games, food trucks & live music
River View (3 mi): river views, pool, and regular live music
Other Local Places to Find what you Want & Need:
Village Market (7 mi): medium grocery selection, butcher, beer, wine & liquor
Gathered (5 mi): the BEST HANDMADE souvenirs by local artists- soap, candles, art, jewelry & more!
Three Rivers Mercantile (6 mi): large hardware store with camping supplies & fishing licenses
Three Rivers Drug (7mi): pharmacy, sunscreens, bug sprays
The Thingerie (7mi): volunteer run thrift shop with varied clothing selection & 25 cent books in case you forgot something or finished your thriller!
Closest ATM (5 mi): inside the Shell gas station
Closest Gas & Auto Repair (5 mi): Chevron
10 Other Ways to Enjoy 3R
Go white water rafting on the Kaweah River (April- July, dependent on the river conditions)
Horseback ride the trails around town
Fishing out back by the river, at the lake, or drop a line into the calmer waters just upstream.
To get there, follow along the road toward the Park entrance until you find a driveway on your right before the main Park gate. Follow the path through the no trespassing gate to find a bridge over the river and many calmer pools ripe for fishing.
Hike, mountain bike, or run from Skyline Trailhead at the base of Case Mountain.
Take a calming "flume walk" leaving right from our backyard.
To access, look for the footpath heading up the hill between The Canopy yoga studio and the sign at the base of the driveway. Follow it and go left at the top to walk as long as you like (about 4 miles to the very end) & gain a different perspective on Three Rivers.
We have some of the darkest skies in California. Venture outside to stargaze or join one of our programs. If you're up for an adventure, hike Moro Rock under the light of a full moon.
Enjoy a yoga class , meditation session, or sign up for a wellness retreat at The Canopy yoga studio on property (Check the class schedule or request a private session)
Schedule a massage in a private massage room right here at The Canopy.
Explore the interesting history of the miners and the Kaweah Colony that are at the origins of Three Rivers by stopping into the Three Rivers Historical Museum or Mineral King Museum.