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The Giant Sequoia National Monument was designated by President William Jefferson Clinton in April 2000. The Monument now encompasses 328,315 acres. The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is the world's largest tree. It grows naturally only in a narrow 60-mile band of mixed conifer forest on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. The Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan was completed in August 2012. There are 33 giant sequoia grovesin the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Six groves are featured here for you to explore for a rich, exciting, and varied experience: three groves in the northern portion of the Monument in the Hume Lake Ranger District, near Dunlap, California; and three groves in the southern portion of the Monument in the Western Divide Ranger District just east of Springville, California. The amazing giant sequoia is one of the largest organisms on earth and grows from a seed less than half-an-inch long! When fully grown, the sequoia pushes its craggy tree top more than 250 feet into the sky. A few rare specimens have grown taller than 300 feet. But it is the sequoia

backpacking
16 days ago

Nice hike through a giant redwood forest to begin with. The trail was pretty beat up by stock animals, so it was a bit uneven in spots. Summit lake was nice, but no real view from there. Fish weren’t biting, but it was pretty cold.

Did this hike 2nd week in October. Some snow on the ground once you reach Summit Lake. Took a wrong turn at the junction past Summit Lake and accidentally added about a mile before consulting map and realizing mistake. Didn’t make it to Maggie in time so ended up camping 1st night at Twin Lakes where we saw 2 structured fire pits. Trail from Twin Lakes to Maggie can be difficult to spot at time so we consulted the map quite often. There’s about 10+ camping sites at lower Maggie. Recommend downloading the AllTrails map if taking this route as opposed to the easier to follow Summit Trail. Great views, worth the trek!!!!

Very easy but use the road from the meadow side ! You need a SUV at least :)

The total hike was 6.6 miles and 1158 ft. of elevation. The trail itself wasn’t anything special. It was often difficult to follow so AllTrails was indispensable. It was also dusty and all the creeks were dry. But the payoff is the vista point at the end of the trail. Spectacular, amazing, breathtaking, stunning. Keep on walking because it is sooooooo worth it. I plan on doing this again in the spring. On a sad note, we passed the site where the last CA grizzly was killed in the 1920’s on our drive to the trailhead.

Beautiful views of the lake and kings canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Nice changes in scenery from beginning to end - was a little sad to see the burn areas from last years fire. Fairly shaded until you hit the burn spots. Great views.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike in conjunction with the Big Stump Grove Loop. The Hitchcock Meadow Trail isn't signed very well, which probably accounts for the lack of hikers. Solitude and a pleasant walk in the woods are the main attractions here.

The trail itself gradually descends out of Kings Canyon National Park and into adjacent Forest Service lands in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Hitchcock Meadow is reached in about a mile from the trailhead. Although the trail continues beyond this point, it's a good place to turn around. The trail is also designated for snowshoe and cross-county ski travel, so you'll see plenty of orange disks on trees along the route.

hiking
2 months ago

This was the very first Alltrails trail I have ever tried out. The trail itself was well worn and very easy to follow. The trip itself was very interesting because, along the trail, are remnants of the fire that burned in the area a couple of years ago. The meadow itself was lush and beautiful, with large stumps, a small creek, and tall grass. This trip was myself, my wife, and our 3 and 6 year old children; nobody had difficulty with this trail. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth a walk! I will be coming back here again either on a cloudy day or perhaps sunset time to get photographs when the light is less harsh.

hiking
2 months ago

The first 2 hours are a bit monotonous. Once the views open up, it becomes amazing, and the lake is gorgeous. I wanted to go on to Maggie Lakes, but unfortunately some of the signs past Summit Lake aren't very clear and some of the trails aren't well maintained. I went in the wrong direction for a bit, then turned around and went to South Fork Meadow instead, which is also gorgeous.

2 months ago

the road and building close at 5PM. i came late but got a few pictures of it in the sunset

My girlfriend and I hiked this trail in a two day backpacking trip. We camped out at Shake Camp before leaving for the first day ($15/night, self-pay station) and then left for Maggie Lakes the next day for the trailhead. You follow the trail to Summit Lake for the first part (mostly all uphill) and then go right around the lake once you reach the top (otherwise you have to go all the way around the lake). The pass is absolutely breathtaking. Definitely stop and explore for a little while there if you can. The trail then heads downhill until Maggie. Once you hit Twin Lakes, the trail is difficult to follow and there are a lot of downed trees you have to climb over. Twin Lakes is beautiful and so is Maggie. The trail is basically deserted. Be aware that you need a permit for Golden Trout wilderness (through Sequoia National Forest) and a permit to use a stove. Definitely bring some insect repellent, there are a lot of mosquitoes.

Did this as a day trip. Beautiful, but you pay the price. The first 1.5 - 2 miles is down hill mostly. Then, it's up hill! There are some pretty strenuous sections unless you are pretty fit. End result is very nice. One problem .... because the up hill section caused you to work out, forgetting about the first 1.5-2 miles is easy. It wasn't until returning to that section that I remembered about it. I hated that last stretch. I was already breast, but had no choice. I slept well that day!

There are 3 creek crossings. The first one would be pretty difficult in times of high water ... i.e. snow melt in the spring or shortly after a down pour. keep weather in mind. One good thing ... water was plentiful, so didn't need to pack a lot.

It was a nice little walk. Nothing spectacular. If you want to be outdoors and don't want to do anything strenuous, then this is a good hike to consider.

paddle sports
6 months ago

Beautiful trail! I worked a summer at the Christian camp there and I would run that trail every morning I could! There’s paddle boarding too! Such a great place, I wish I could go back!

Beautiful lakes, but no fish.

hiking
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Great views and not difficult at all. Not advisable in a Dodge Challenger. Lol

off road driving
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Good for beginners.

hiking
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Beautiful trail. Moderate inclines for the first 5 miles out as the trail generally follows the river, and then kicks up for 3 steeper miles as you climb to Summit Lake. Round trip was completed in 1 day, about 5hrs on the trail.

Went later in the season (Sept 2017), just as the higher elevations got their first dusting of snow. Mid 30s at night at the lower elevation (met a hunter on the trail that claimed it got down to 20 up at the lake). 40s for most of the hike.

Wish that I had more time to spend at the lake and exploring towards Maggie Lakes. Would absolutely recommend the hike, and it seemed like a great place to camp if you time it right.

backpacking
Friday, August 25, 2017

This is a great trip through the giant sequoias but you'll pay for it. The hike is very steep and has stream/river crossings so be prepared

hiking
Friday, August 25, 2017

This is an up and down hike to a viewpoint over Kings Canyon. It took 2 hours with stops to photograph wildflowers. The trail has some overgrown brush but it is easy to follow the trail markers.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Great off-road took my Toyota Tundra And had lots of fun

off road driving
Monday, June 12, 2017

great offroad driving family fun

backpacking
Friday, April 14, 2017

On a recommendation we chose this as our very first backpacking trip. It was MUCH harder than we had expected and I would not recommend this trail for beginners. We spent only one night and despite the difficulty of the trail (mostly the last stretch) it was a great trip. Beautiful lake, nice camping area and lots of wildflowers along the way. We took this trip in August 2014.

Monday, October 03, 2016

The directions that transferred to google maps didn't take me to a trail at all. The drive was gorgeous, but I didn't get to got for a hike.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Great trail!! Easy medium and hard!! Depending on what route you take. Very pretty views. Drive takes a while for you to start to really hit the heart of it. So make sure to fill up on gas before going. Take a buddy to double the fun.

hiking
Thursday, January 09, 2014

I backpacked this trail last February and once before three years ago around the same time. It is a great trail with some good fishing along the way. Not too difficult.

hiking
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Just came off this trail on 8/4/13, didn't do the loop but backpacked it from Mineral King in the Sequoia National Park, it is a steep climb if your going to MK but very scenic lots of trees and meadows

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