Explore the most popular trails in Calaveras Big Trees State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Four miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, northeast of Stockton in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the colossal Giant Sequoia Trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times. These massive relics, which can reach a height of 300 feet and a diameter of 33 feet, are descended from trees that were standing when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and birds, mammals and flowering plants began to appear. Some of today’s trees are thought to be as old as 2,000 years. The park also makes a great weekend trip from the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento. The North Grove used to house the discovery tree, thought to be the largest tree in the country. Unfortunately, it was cut down to be paraded as a popular tourist attraction in 1853. In addition to the popular North Grove, the park features the South Grove, a five mile loop trip through a spectacular grove of giant sequoias in their natural setting. Other attractions in the park include the North Fork of the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, the Lava Bluff Trail and Bradley Trail. The South Grove includes the Louis Agassiz tree; at 250 feet (76 m) tall and more than 25 feet (7.6 m) in diameter 6 feet (1.8 m) above ground it is the largest tree in the Calaveras groves Activities include camping at the parks main campground, Saturday evening ranger talks, numerous interpretive programs, environmental educational programs, junior ranger programs, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and activities for school children. November - March, weather permitting, cross-country skiing, snow play, and the popular 1pm Saturday snowshoe hikes. Park is open for day use sunrise to sunset.

Very easy walk around the trees. Beautiful afternoon but gets busy during the summer.

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13 days ago

always gorgeous!

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snow
1 month ago

Given there was a decent amount of snow on the ground, this was a great hike to do that was safe, beautiful and interesting. 150 sequoias! Recommend for all ages and levels. Nothing too challenging unless you take a trail off this main trail. $10 parking fee. Very friendly and helpful park rangers

The trees are AMAZING! **NOTE** Be sure to pick up a Guide to the North Grove Trail before your walk. They ask for a small donation. The trees and sites along the trail are numbered, and they don’t automatically give you the guide when you come in. The guide has fascinating history and facts. Enjoy!

Camine este sendero hace 2 meses y me gusto mucho soy amante de las secuoyas gigantes y este parque tiene muchas. Hoy pienso volver esperando encontrar secuoyas bañadas en nieve

Hiked 11/03/2019. I love a good nature walk with interpretive reading. The information booklet made it so fun to learn all about the sequoias and history of the park.

Was able to bring my stroller along the entire trail which made it easier for the little one when tired. Easy hike. We went in May 2019 and there was lots of melting snow run off so everything was sort of flooded. Wasn’t too muddy. So beautiful!

The North Grove is open in the winter and has beautiful views of the giant sequoias and redwoods. Easy walk on mostly paved or maintained dirt trails.

Great trees but boring hike

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blowdown
3 months ago

This is a nice 8 mile hike. By no means rated as hard. It has great views, and I would definitely hike it again!!!

Such a nice trail! Even got to enjoy some fall color.

Easy access to trail from visitor center, make sure to pick up "A Guide to the Calaveras North Grove Trail" at visitor center, lots of information regarding the numbered stops on trail. Lots of big beautiful Sequoia trees.

Great trail - got there early on a weekend and was already pretty populated by other hikers. $10 fee since it is in a state park. We didn’t see any bears, although there were plenty of signs to tell us to watch out. This was perfect for my 10 year old.

beautiful easy trail

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bugs
4 months ago

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bugs
4 months ago

Lots of people! Fall colors were beautiful, very cold wear a sweater.

Ran into a black bear which didn’t want to get out of our way so we returned the same we we came in.

Great trail! Ran into a bear walking down the trail. Fall colors were everywhere. It was beautiful! Huge trees!!

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5 months ago

A very meh trail, despite the name it does not follow any river, just crosses a small creek and then ends at a parking lot right next to the river. The trail goes up and down quite a bit, and even though it doesn’t seem that hard it will slow you down. Nothing too particularly scenic.

Easy access to the trail from the visitor center. Beautiful trees.

Beautiful trail and lots of fun for the kids. It took us over an hour to make it .6 miles because they were having so much fun climbing. It’s like a natural playground. We loved the guide that was provided at the beginning of the trail and the land markers. Great info!

Easy and beautiful hike. Fair few people on it though.

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5 months ago

Nothing overly splendid but decent hike.

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5 months ago

Really nice trail, didn't run into too many people once we got away from the area with all of the really big trees. The river is a lovely spot for lunch. I agree that this isn't really a hard hike, there are no difficult climbs. It's pretty shady. We ran into bears and a snake, so watch out for wildlife.

Easy hike from the park gate to the Information Center.

Started about 8:30 AM, very very few people on the trail. Well groomed paths and clearly marked. Very good beginning "hike"

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