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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

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.

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
1 month 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
7 months ago

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

off road driving
7 months ago

Good for beginners.

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.

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

off road driving
Monday, June 12, 2017

great offroad driving family fun

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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