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Best trails in Giant Sequoia National Monument

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Looking for a great trail in Giant Sequoia National Monument, California? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, running 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 7 moderate trails in Giant Sequoia National Monument ranging from 1.9 to 26.1 miles and from 5,954 to 9,895 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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
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Map of trails in Giant Sequoia National Monument
Park information
Acreage
328315 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Top trails (14)
#1 - Hume Lake Loop
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Hume Lake Loop is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hume, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, runnShow more
#2 - Buck Rock Fire Lookout Trail
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Please note this trail is partially on an unpaved road leading up to Buck Rock. You will share the trail with cars making their way up to Buck Rock. Access is seasonal. This trail may also be closed dShow more
#3 - Buck Rock
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
Buck Rock is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarShow more
#4 - Kings Canyon Lookout Point
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
This moderate hike begins at Marvin Pass Trailhead heading SE just to the right of the private road. It winds through woods and meadows to a granite overlook with great views of Kings Canyon. Plan on Show more
#5 - Shake Camp Campground to Maggie Lakes
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 22.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Shake Camp Campground to Maggie Lakes is a 22.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springville, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily uShow more
#6 - Slate Mountain Trail
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 25 m
Slate Mountain Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Johnsondale, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily uShow more
#7 - Buck Rock OHV Trail
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
Buck Rock OHV Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of Show more
#8 - Hidden Falls Trail
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Hidden Falls Trail is a 1.9 mile out and back trail located near Johnsondale, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bShow more
#9 - Shake Camp and the Tule River
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 25 m
Shake Camp and the Tule River is a 11.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Springville, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail runniShow more
#10 - Summit Lake Loop
Giant Sequoia National Monument
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Length: 13.6 mi • Est. 7 h 52 m
Walk through the Long Meadow Giant Sequoia Grove, follow up the headwaters of the Tule River, cross through meadows, and eventually make the hard uphill climb to Summit Lake.Show more
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