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Giant Twins Trail

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Forested trail to two huge, stately, old redwood trees.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Point to Point

1,592' 485 m

High

1,478' 451 m

Low

117' 36 m

Up

108' 33 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Family Friendly Short, easy trail to two huge, tall very old redwood trees - the Giant Twins. This trail is near drive-in campgrounds and the road providing easy access to it.

Open 8 a.m to sunset.

Description

The trail start as shown in this description for Giant Twins Trail, can be reached by hiking 0.6 miles east along Sprig Trail from the parking area along the park road where Sprig Trail crosses the park road. The Giant Twins Trail/Sprig Trail junction is well marked by a trail signpost. Follow the arrow onto Giant Twins Trail.

Giant Twins Trail is entirely in mixed redwood forest. It is a relatively flat trail with a soft, needle covered narrow path. Less than a tenth of a mile from the Giant Twins Trail/Sprig Trail junction, Giant Twins Trail crosses the paved road leading to the Valley View 2 and 3 drive-in camps. Continuing in the forest, the trail veers left/southeast to follow a hillside for about a third of a mile. The trail winds around on the hillside as it passes a few small seasonal streams. The hillside drops off steeply to the right/southwest providing views through the trees, of the forested Santa Cruz Mountains.

At the 0.45 mile mark, Giant Twins Trail veers right/northeast and gradually climbs the ridge it had been traversing. The climb is short. A tenth of a mile and the Giant Twins are reached. They are two huge, old stately redwoods, over 200 years old, amid several younger redwoods. The Giant Twins must be at least six feet across, dwarfing the younger redwoods which are also very large trees, about two feet across. One of the Giant Twins has a large charred scar from a historical wildfire.

The trail circles the Giant Twins and then ends at the nearby paved road.

Flora & Fauna

Moist mixed redwood forest.

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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The Giant Twins, over 200 years old, are the two big redwoods here. Just for comparison, the smaller redwood at the left is about two feet across.
Dec 27, 2020 near Interlaken, CA
The sunlit, mixed redwood forest on the way to the Giant Twins—two huge, old redwoods.
Dec 27, 2020 near Interlaken, CA
Looking up the 200+ year old Giant Twins redwoods, standing amid younger redwoods.
Dec 27, 2020 near Interlaken, CA
A small seasonal stream drops into the valley to the right, as Giant Twins Trail bends around its upper reaches in the mixed redwood forest.
Dec 27, 2020 near Interlaken, CA

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Dec 26, 2020
Joan Pendleton