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Big Trees Trail

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 4.3 (15)

The Big Trees Trail circles Round Meadow where colorful trail signs describe sequoia ecology.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Loop

6,427' 1,959 m

High

6,387' 1,947 m

Low

47' 14 m

Up

48' 15 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly It is a flat paved trail, easy to navigate, with lots of benches and spots to stop and enjoy the view. It also has great info boards about the area and trees.

Accessible from May until November.

Description

Perhaps the easiest and quickest ways to walk among the mighty sequoia. From the Giant Forest Museum/Beetle Rock parking lot walk down towards the lot entrance and then along the marked trail running aside the main road. The short walk will lead you over Little Deer Creek where to the left you can hike to Sunset Rock but for now bear right. It's only .2 miles from the parking lot to the loop so this is the only wrong turn you can make.

The best way to take the loop is to the right which will take you along the edge of Round Meadow first. This trail has amble signage to explain how these meadows form and their functions. Fallen logs and beautiful smaller plants life like ferns account for most of this part of the trail however the morning sunrise bathes the larger trees on the west side of the meadow in excellent golden hour light.

After crossing a small wood bridge over a feeder creek the trail turns slightly further into the forest. This is where you find the big trees. If you're planning on taking the best pictures possible hang back and try and get people in the picture for perspective. In most national park photos you try to crop strangers out but here without something else in frame the huge trees look boringly normal.

Even taking your time with kids or a large group this trail shouldn't take long. Follow the way you came back to the parking lot or take the various turns to Sunset Rock or the Giant Forest Museum (highly recommend).

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Shared By:

Dylan Payne

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  4.3 from 15 votes

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Photos

Big Trees
Aug 25, 2016 near Three R…, CA
Huge split tree at the beginning of the trail
Aug 24, 2016 near Three R…, CA
Big Trees Trail
Aug 25, 2016 near Three R…, CA
Great for kids!
Aug 25, 2016 near Three R…, CA
Beginning of the Big Trees Trail.
Aug 24, 2016 near Three R…, CA
Big Trees Trail
Aug 25, 2016 near Three R…, CA

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Snow-covered lake in the middle and heavy mist making the trees really jump out
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Aug 24, 2021
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