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#35 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Calaveras Big Trees State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Calaveras Big Trees State Park ranging from 2.5 to 11.3 miles and from 3,986 to 5,570 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Serenity awaits in this beautiful state park in the Sierra Nevada mountains. A great weekend trip from San Francisco or Sacramento, the Calaveras Big Trees State Park offers miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and snowshoeing. The awe-inspiring Giant Sequoia trees canvas the whole park, some as old as 2,000 years. This park is a must-see for nature lovers, and those looking for a quiet place to unwind.

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Map of trails in Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Park information
Acreage:
6,498 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
209-795-2334
Helpful links
Top trails (6)
#1 - Calaveras South Grove Trail
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Calaveras Big Trees State Park preserves two groves of giant sequoia trees. It is located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Arnold, California in the middle elevations of the Sierra Nevada. It has been a Show more
#2 - Calaveras North Grove Trail
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 37 m
Note: There is a $ 12 day fee to park.Show more
#3 - River Canyon Trail
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
River Canyon Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Avery, California that features a river. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking and runShow more
#4 - Lava Bluffs Trail
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Lava Bluffs Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Avery, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optShow more
#5 - South Grove and Big Tree Creek Loop
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 5 h 34 m
South Grove and Big Tree Creek Loop is a 11.3 mile loop trail located near Long Barn, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
#6 - Forest Route 5N78, 5N36, and Beayer Creek Loop
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
Forest Route 5N78, 5N36, and Beayer Creek Loop is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arnold, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily usShow more