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Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
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Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Colossal trees. Family friendly. Ski trail in winter.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

4,725.00 ft (1,440.18 m)

Address

Big Trees Pkwy
Arnold, CA 95223
United States

Features

Old-growth forest
ADA accessible

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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