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North Grove Trail

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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North Grove Trail

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  • The giants of North Grove.- North Grove Trail
  • A flat and well-maintained trail meanders through the North Grove. - North Grove Trail
  • The person in this photo gives scale to the colossal size of the grove's trees.- North Grove Trail
  • Giant sequoias (Sequoia sempervirens) along the North Grove Trail.- North Grove Trail
  • North Grove Trail.- North Grove Trail
  • North Grove Trail.- North Grove Trail
  • Pioneer Cabin Tree on the North Grove Trail.- North Grove Trail
  • North Grove Trail.- North Grove Trail
  • North Grove Trail.- North Grove Trail
  • Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) on the North Grove Trail.- North Grove Trail
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Colossal trees. Family friendly. Ski trail in winter.
Cons: 
None.
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Alerts: 
The park's Pioneer Cabin tree located on the North Grove Trail was knocked down by strong winds from a powerful winter storm on 1/8/17. Currently the North Grove Trail is closed. Check with the park for status updates.
Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,725.00 ft (1,440.18 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Standing tall among the mixed conifer forest of the Sierra Nevada’s western slope, the giant sequoias of Calaveras Big Trees State Park are an impressive site indeed. The North Grove Trail makes exploring the ancient trees easy and accessible, offering a pleasant walking tour of the northern section of the park. Flat and well maintained, the trail is well suited for families and those just looking for an easier hike. 

The North Grove Trail loops through colossal sequoias bearing names such as Father of the Forest, the Three Graces, and Old Bachelor. And it until recently the trail passed through the trunk of the Pioneer Cabin tree (the tree was knocked down during a storm early 2017).

At 4,700 feet in elevation, wintertime brings snow to the park when the trail doubles as a ski and snowshoe trail.

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