It leads from the Visitor Center to see all three of the Forest Giants in a Giant Forest. But not too many trail sign so easy to get lost. We barely saw anybody on this loop. Bring lots of water! Discover the difference between California coastal redwoods and giant sequoias. The sequoia trees are amazing in their shear size and volume. 47050 Generals Highway Getting to Mt Whitney via Giant Forest - involves a serious backpack to be sure. This great loop hike through the heart of the aptly named Giant Forest visits some of the worldâs largest trees and traverses amazing groves of â¦ Good if you’re here a couple of days. Please be aware that pets are not allowed on any trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It amazed me to see such huge, old trees. Much of the trail is in the forest, but you still have great views of the surrounding mountains. Make sure to keep an eye on each directory to prevent getting lost. Beautiful place I highly recommend you visiting if you haven’t already. Great hike. Bring water, snacks, and your camera!!! Don't climb if ice or snow are present on the stairs; it is very dangerous. This 0.75 mile (1 km) trail circles Round Meadow. A massive sequoia near the junction with the Alta Trail. Awesome trail! For a longer walk, explore the many miles of trails in the area. It is a combination of several trails and I strongly recommend using the app to download before you go. Lots of giant sequoias on this trail. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. I do want people to know that this is not a recognized trail that SNP has signs for. A spectacular view of the Great Western Divide and the western half of the park. This trail starts off in a high traffic area but then branches off into the wilderness. Great 4 hour hike. Look for a small parking area on the right, after passing the museum going east. Learn how to identify trees. Heather Lake, Emerald Lake, and Pear Lake Trail via Watchtower and Pear Lake Trails, Wolverton to Panther Gap to Mehrten Meadow, Heather Lake via Hump Trail (Winter Route), Heather Lake and Pear Lake via Hump Trail (Winter Route), Heather Lake, Pear Lake, Upper Big Bird Lake, Moose Lake, Mehrtet Meadow Loop, Moose Lake via Watchtower and Pear Lakes Trails, Giant Forest Museum to Wuksachi Lodge via Rimrock Trail, Wolverton to Mehrten Creek via Wolverton Cutoff Trail. Ate lunch at Tharp’s cabin which was a great spot. One of the most beautiful hikes I have been on. Did this 12/21, snow on the trail with a few slippery spots further in. Once you leave the main pavement you’re pretty much to yourself (at least in my experience). First off make sure you take a map, and plenty of water and snacks. Visitors flock to this park institution to: 1. It was 90+ in Three Rivers but pleasant on the trail. Didn’t need chains but carried them in the car just in case. The earlier the better! The trail to the right leads to the Washington Tree and Giant Forest Museum. The Congress Trail, a paved two-mile loop that begins near the Sherman Tree, offers excellent opportunities to see notable trees. Dogs are not allowed on the trail or on any non-paved area (campsites excluded) in the park. excellent hike. The largest of these, the General Sherman tree, measu Along the trail, you'll see impressively large giant sequoia trees, estimated up to 1,500 years old. Giant Forest Loop Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. Giant Logs Loop Trail Hiking Trail Guide The Four Corners region of the United States features some of the most unique landscape in the country. So many huge trees! Rest on the benches along the trail; don't overexert yourself at this elevation (7000'/175m) if you are not accustomed to it. Start at Giant Forest Museum and follow the paved, accessible trail from there. The hike is mostly flat and very easy on the legs. I will say the overlook views were quite diminished due to smoke. Explore the ecology and natural history of the park through interactive exhibits. The route crosses with other trails along the way so come prepared with navigation. Went around 9 which was already a bit crowded, but once you get off the paved area it’s a lot more isolated. trail head, or from the Diamond Drive or California Avenue entrances to the Arcata Community Forest, or from Trail #5 and Trail #10 in the Forest's trail system. Moro Rock Across from the Giant Forest Museum is a large parking lot and trails to Sunset Rock and Beetle Rock, two great granite overlooks, along with Big Trees Trail, which offers a beautiful and educational stroll through the sequoias around Round Meadow. Get the full giant forest experience and maybe a little privacy in what is otherwise the busiest section of the park. It is a very popular hike in the summertime, so you may need to park your car at the visitor center and hop on the free shuttle to the trailhead lot. Pack water. Quintessential hike for Sequoia. Really nice trail. Tokopah Falls Very easy on the legs. Parking for people with disability placards is available at the trailhead. Start at Giant Forest Museum and follow the paved, accessible trail from there. Allow 1 hour round trip. This montane forest, situated at over 6,000 feet above mean sea level in the western Sierra Nevada of California, covers an area of 1,880 acres. Parking for people with disability placards is available at the trailhead. The trail starts to the left of a small meadow, surrounded by several mature Giant Sequoia trees, pines and firs, along with small, gentle creek beds. Trailhead: Giant â¦ First time hiking the trail today, started around 8 am with only a handful of others around. Every giant sequoia is no less impressive than Sherman. Throughout our hike we passed several others but they were so spaced out that we felt alone (good). Truly beautiful and awe inspiring tho. However, looking on the bright side, you will be traveling on great trails that will give you access to incredible beauty. Background. I would rate this as moderate, it had some challenging areas but long sections of flats for balance. Once you get off the paved path it's quite isolated. Visitors to the Giant Forest use a lot of the same words to describe it, including "awe-inspiring," "amazing" and a "must-see." Trail of 100 Giants is one of the best examples of Giant Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest (outside of the main Sequoia National Park). One of my all-time favorites. Big Trees Trail is a level and paved nature trail circling 0.8 miles beneath towering sequoias along the edges of Round Meadow. From this parking area, the 1/2-mile (.72 km) trail descends and includes some stairs. Half of the trail runs close to a side road; most people prefer to drive, so the walk is pleasingly empty. The first part is all paved but once we got a little further out it was a dirt path. The Giant Logs trail is a short loop in Petrified Forest National Park. One of the best hikes in Sequoia, a museum/art gallery of the incredible sequoia trees. We made a couple of wrong turns so 6.7 miles turned into 12.1 almost killed the wife lol. This is a Foothills trail map of Sequoia National Park (100 kb). Didn’t complete the whole trail but plan to next time. The trail travels towards the center of the Olympic mountains and unlike most rainforest hikes, the end features a hike into the mountains to a spectacular view of the Blue Glacier near Mount Olympus. In summer, free park shuttles lead to the parking area from Giant Forest Museum. To reach the top of this granite dome, follow a stairway that climbs 300 feet (0.09 km) to the summit. Most of it is not heavily trafficked so you get real good stretches of just you and the forest. This trail will take you through the heart of the giant sequoia forest, which is home to about half of the earthâs largest and longest-living trees with over 8,000 of them. It shows the extensive network of trails through the Giant Forest, including General Sherman Tree and the Congress Trail. This trail will take you through the heart of the giant sequoia forest, which is home to about half of the earth’s largest and longest-living trees with over 8,000 of them. Colorful trailside panels describe sequoia ecology. Long Meadow Grove (341 acres) offers a spectacular hike at the Trail of 100 Giants, a mile-long fully accessible interpretive trail. The story is that the Shepherd Martin drove a giant away and threw him his stick. Beautiful trees and meadows. As you plan your Giant adventure, here are a few helpful tips: Seeing the Forest Giants in a Giant Forest sculptures is free. For accessible parking and an accessible trail, stop at the small parking area along the Generals Highway two miles (3.2 km) north of the Giant Forest Museum. Distance: 1.2 mile self-guided loop trail. 93271. This is a great trail except one thing: because this is a combination of so many trails, it’s extremely easy to get lost as trail signs are far and few, and overall confusing at times. Mostly shaded. Crowds on crowds of people, many not wearing masks or respecting distancing, and there was a huge line of cars waiting to get parking. The trail then crosses the Big Prairie - a â¦ Perfect for my older kids (8+) but not very stroller friendly. Recreational users can access the trail from the West End Rd. Weather was chilly with clear skies at the start but warmed up with the sun breaking through the trees. Highly recommend! When the free park shuttles are running (late May to early September and, some years, Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years), you can park at the main lot, walk down to the tree, then continue towards the Generals Highway to catch a shuttle back to the main parking. Tokopah Falls is 1,200 feet (365.8 meters) high, and is most impressive in early summer, but be careful around the water! Limited spots so people get a little edgy for a spot. Home > Sierra Nevada > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks > Giant Forest. Even fish nearby. I felt like I had the whole trail to myself. It involves a 60 mile trek through mountainous terrain to get the job done. The grove showcases monarchs estimated to be 1,500 years old. We came across about 3 other families trying to find their way back to the crescent meadows parking lot on our way back. Additionally we did the whole 12.1 miles in hiking sandals which would be fine for the actual hike just not 12 miles! The trail now descends on moderate grades to the northern end of Crescent Meadow. Amazing views! Time: 1 hour round-trip. Trailside exhibits help tell the story of the park. The high altitude definitely made it feel longer than 7 miles. A 1.3 mile paved trail has several loop options with interpretive signs for some of the highlights. There is a restroom at the parking lot but no water or services, so be sure to pack accordingly. Trail is easy to walk along and not long, in my opinion. Allow 1 hour round trip. Get here early, Sherman parking lot wasn’t open so you could only park off Generals hwy. Pick up your trash, and check out Sherman when you finish. The Main Parking and Trailhead are just off Wolverton Road, which leaves the Generals Highway just north of the Sherman Tree area (between Lodgepole and the Sherman Tree). Dated to be around 2,100 years old, 100 feet wide, and 275 feet tall it is the largest and tallest living tree in the world! I recommend buying or renting outside of town to save money. Big Trees Trail. The grove is pretty out of the way to get to, but it is a beautiful spot. The trailhead at General Sherman Tree parking lot is about 5 minutes away from the Lodgepole Visitor Center. The Congress Trail. The first section is flat and mostly paved following along the Olmsted Ponds. Make sure to down load map before going to the park if you use Verizon little to no reception. The path starts at Giant Forest Village and follows the top of a ridge that has great views westwards, over Sequoia Creek and the entrance road. A bit buggy but that’s to be expected in the woods. The âRiesenwaldâ in Elm â Giant Forest â is an adventure theme trail about the legend of Martinâs Hole, a 22 x 19 metre sun-rock window high above the valley.. The centerpiece of Sequoia National Park is the Giant Forest, home to the worldâs biggest tree (by volume) and the best sequoia grove, by far, for hiking. On April 15, 2000, President William J. Clinton proclaimed the establishment of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and made his announcement beneath one of the giant trees at the Trail of 100 Giants. The Giant Forest is the most accessible of all giant sequoia groves, as it has over 40 miles of hiking trails. People started showing up as we were stepping off the paved portion of the trail (perfect timing) . In developed areas, pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Came on a Friday in December and didn’t see anyone on the trail once we passed the Sherman Tree area. Three Rivers, CA A 1.3 mile paved trail has several loop options with interpretive signs for some of the highlights. The Giant Forest is a great place to visit in order to see many of these giant sequoias! Recommend using All Trails or a map, but it’s not that hard to navigate. This is just one of the parkâs many interpretive forest trails leadinâ¦ Five of the ten most massive trees on the planet are located within the Giant Forest. We did this trail with the family and enjoyed the giant tree views. For giant tree fans, the best part of the trail is the first 10 miles (one-way) to â¦ The stick made a huge hole in the rock wall through which the sun still shines on the church of Elm twice a year. You should still be able to access the trailhead, though car chains may be required. Along the trail, you'll see impressively large giant sequoia trees, estimated up to 1,500 years old. At the last half mile you will be able to admire the majestic General Sherman Tree. Beware of bears and other wildlife. Huge old trees If you love trees, especially big and old trees, then you walk along this trail. Also the bathrooms at the trailhead are open. There was a little snow on the ground and a few spots where the ground was soft and muddy but for the most part is was dry and firm. Hundreds of monarch sequoias grow in the Giant Forest sequoia grove. once you get off the pavement the crowds disappear. The Hazelwood Nature Trail is a gentle one-mile loop in Giant Forest, just east of the Giant Forest Museum. We love the new Riesenwald, aka âGiants Forest,â theme trail at Elm, with more than a dozen play stations, including a giant xylophone, an oversized picnic table and forest kitchen, an obstacle course, a suspension bridge, and much more. Lots of amazing trees and meadows. Trail of 100 Giants offers an easy, accessible walk through the Long Meadow Grove, one of the premier groves of giant sequoias in our area. Just before reaching the meadow pass a junction with the trail to Huckleberry Meadow, branching right. The Big Trees Trail On our way back from general sherman tree to the crescent meadows parking lot, it was unclear where the trail continued after its intersection with the Alta trail. Beautiful scenery. Great hike and great weather. It has the most singletrack trails of any sequoia grove, it has one of the best collections of really big trees, and it hasnât been logged. Otherwise, the hike itself was gorgeous with beautiful giant sequoias everywhere and the meadows were so green and serene. It was definitely an easy stroll through the sequoias! Ask a ranger for more information on trails or purchase a map and/or trail guide at visitor center book stores at Lodgepole, Ash Mountain, Grant Grove, and Cedar Grove. It’s super packed in the beginning, but once you get onto congress trail the crowd dies away, and once you get onto the trail of the sequoias it’s god damn beautiful. A $10 donation is suggested per car for non-members. Nice hike. I consider this a must if you're visiting Sequoia. Big Trees Trail, a one-mile (1.6 km) loop around a lush meadow, has interpretive exhibits about the natural history of giant sequoias. When I got back to the trail head around 12:30 it was madness. 2. The trail is heavily trafficked and a great introductory hike to some of the features that can be seen in this national park. 3. The trail to Tokopah Falls starts just beyond the Marble Fork Bridge in Lodgepole Campground. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Easy walk, best views I have seen so far on my little experience of exploration. One of the best ways to get to know the Giant Forest and its trees is to visit the Giant Forest Museum. We downloaded the map which helped a lot. The park is open year-round and makes for a spectacular winter destination, though some roads will be closed in the winter time due to snow. A decent crowd at General Sherman so I'd suggest knocking that photo opp out ASAP.