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Big Trees Hiking

Hiking Trails

The five mile hiking trip through this grove of giant sequoias is highly recommended with day use fees of $10 to $12 unless you have a California Parks Pass. Take many photos but remember to stay on the trails and leave the pinecones and other objects where they are. The Walter Smith Parkway beyond the North Grove which leads to the Stanislaus River and South Grove is closed from mid November to late April but cross country skiing is available and encouraged in the Park during the winter months.

Saturdays enjoy a guided hike through the North Grove of trees starting at 1:00pm.  The 1.5 to 2 hour hike begins at the visitor center and is free with your paid admission to the park.  For more information call the visitor center at (209) 795-3840.

Lava Bluffs Trail

Lava Bluffs Trail

The three trails areas include the moderately difficult Lava Bluff 2.5 mile trail and the gentle well marked 1.5 mile Bradley Trail.

South Grove Trails vary on length depend on your route with a 3.5 or 5 mile hike. The first 1.5 miles of trail there is a gain of 260 feet in elevation. The loop trail is just over a mile and passes the lower part of the grove. Halfway around the loop, you will find a 1/2 mile side trail leading to the upper grove and the largest tree in the park, the Agassiz Tree. The South Grove interpretive guide is here.

Garbage cans and restrooms are available at the parking lot only, and be sure to carry water with you.

Dogs are welcome in the park on leash in developed areas like picnic sites, campgrounds, roads and fire/dirt roads. Dogs are not allowed on the designated trails, nor in the woods in general.

Hiking Trails

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Dragoon Gulch: 37.986831, -120.394004
Columbia College Trails: 38.033608, -120.394256
Tuolumne Railroad Trail: 37.973094, -120.226371
Lyons Dam: 38.093988, -120.164938
Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail: 38.197011, -120.920377
Natural Bridges: 38.051619, -120.471027
Table Mountain BLM hike: 37.944314, -120.462135
Parrotts Ferry New Melones BLM hike: 38.042136, -120.458990
Red Hills: 37.838591, -120.469023
: 38.012115, -120.533649
Pinecrest Trail: 38.195224, -119.990616
Big Trees: 38.278251, -120.308468
: 38.246863, -120.263969
Day Hikes in Yosemite: 37.723804, -119.614746
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Dragoon Gulch
Dragoon Gulch, Sonora, CA, United States
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Columbia College Trails
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Tuolumne Railroad Trail
West Side Trail
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Lyons Dam
Trail to Lyons Dam
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Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail
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Natural Bridges

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Natural Bridges
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Table Mountain BLM hike
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Table Mountain Trail/Grotto Climbing 1st parking area
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Parrotts Ferry New Melones BLM hike
Parrotts Ferry New Melones BLM hike
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Red Hills
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New Melones and Glory Hole details here
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Pinecrest Trail
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Pine Crest Trail
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Big Trees
Big Trees Trail Info
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Calaveras Big Trees / South Loop Mountain Bike Trail details
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Day Hikes in Yosemite
Yosemite hiking overview