Big Trees Trail

EASY 16 reviews
#19 of 74 trails in

Big Trees Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sequoia National Park, CA that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from May until November.

1.3 miles 145 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

old growth

This easy, paved trail offers several educational displays focusing on the giant sequoia ecosystem.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A short, easy walk with enormous, giant sequoia trees. One horizontal sequoia the agile adult in me even climbed through. Though trying to park in the nearest lot can be an impossible task during busy times (summer weekends + holidays), the city of Visalia has buses running throughout each parking lot/campsite, just in case they are extremely busy...but be prepared to wait. We lucked out and drove up from another hike later in the day (6pm Saturday 9/3/16), and were able to park in the lot across from the Giant Forest museum. Though not quite as tall as redwoods, these massive giants are officially the "biggest" trees in the world, just not the tallest. This is a must see and hence what this park is named after.

walking
3 months ago

amazing trees. educational trip for the whole family.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing trees!!!

hiking
5 months ago

AMAZING!

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

This trail is a must. Amazing trees to see. Easy walk.

hiking
1 year ago

Short. Easy. Cool trees. We saw a mother bear and her cub!

hiking
1 year ago

I really liked this hike. Its very easy, and loops you through a lot of trees. Ive never been before so it was great walking directly through the big trees. It was icy the day I went and very slippery, but because of the snow/ice no one was there. Made is fun being almost alone.

hiking
1 year ago

A wonderful short trail, starting at the Museum.
After a short walk from here you cross the street to get to the actual loop. We had the incredible luck to see some bears. One of them was lying next to the trail so that we had to turn around and walk all the way back

hiking
1 year ago

The trees are majestic and awe-inspiring, but do draw a large crowd especially on weekends. The five stars is actually for the hidden gems that we found when we wandered away from the crowds. The Stanislaus River runs through Big Trees, and it's definitely worth exploring. We found a secluded swimming hole past a popular fishing spot.

2 years ago

This trail winds through a isolated grove of giant sequoia trees,(note-*sequoia*- which are NOT redwoods.)A scenic and well maintained trail with numbered markers in the grove.This is a free day use area with water, parking, and restrooms.This place is not as large as the groves in Calaveras or Sequoia National Park but it is unique that it is the northernmost grove in California, with its own particular eco-system and even has a massive Doug Fir.You take Mosquito Ridge road (96) in The Tahoe national forest region (Foresthill Ranger District) and simply look for the Big Trees sign or road 16. Do not use the drive link here, that directs you to take Gorman ranch rd which is no where near B.T.T. . Watch it! this area is desolate and the roads are windy with steep drop-offs aside from being not well marked! When you reach the park pick up a guidebook and take either the Forest loop trail to your left for a indirect 40 minute hike or go to your right for the 20 minute hike which leads directly to the trees.Perfect place for a day-hike,school field trip,scouting trip or scientific excursion.

hiking
2 years ago

Having grown up in the Redwood Empire of northern California these 3 redwoods hardly qualify as a grove. A very long windy drive to end up at this redwood "grove" which consists of a total of about 4 redwoods, only one of which is impressive in size. I say don't waste your time driving out here, there are many prettier hikes in the area.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a great trail to get out and get a good feel for the trees. It's not long or challenging and if you want to get a feel for the immensity of the sequoias, this trail will give you that, along with plenty of plaques of info about the trees and ecology of the area. This is a well-traveled trail, and if you wanted a back country feel, you won't get it, but its a great way to experience the giants forest.

hiking
4 years ago

This is the Northernmost Grove of giant Sequoia trees. It is a neat trail that splits off to a longer trail or the original loop. In early spring there are a lot of Western Azalias that are beautiful to smell and look out. This is a very easy trail to take your kids on or even a family trip. The grounds offer a picnic area, water, flush restrooms, and Interpretive guides of the trails.