Hite Cove Trail

Area Status: Open

The Hite Cove trail is 3.6 miles long (7.2 miles roundtrip).  During "HIGH FIRE DANGER" the trail is closed.

Beaming with a spectacular display of wildflowers in early Spring, from February to April the Hite Cove Trail offers hikers a palette of colors, with over 60 varieties of wildflowers blanketing the hillsides along the South Fork of the Merced river. Keep in mind that it is illegal to pick wildflowers, only take photos, or sketch the beauty around you. The trail begins off of  Hwy 140 near Savages Trading Post in El Portal, and ends at Hite Cove. The first 3/4 of a mile for this trail crosses private property. Please use trail ethic, and respect for this property. It is a moderate hike and ends at Hite Cove. Trail use is for: Hiking

Parking and toilets are across from Savages Trading Post.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Camping is allowed at Hite Cove. A campfire permit must be obtained, and is required for all stoves, barbeques, and campfire.
Open Season: All Year
Best Season: Spring
Busiest Season: Spring
Restrictions: In the Summer months when fire restrictions are in place, no open campfires or charcoal barbeques are allowed. be sure to contact the local Ranger station to see what the conditions are.
Closest Towns: Mariposa, and El Portal
Restroom: Across from Savages Trading Post
Information Center: Bass Lake Ranger District
57003 Road 225
North Fork, CA 93643 (559) 877-2218 Hearing Impaired
California Relay Service 711   
Open: Monday-Friday 
Hours:  8:00am-4:30pm  
For more information click here.


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  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles