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
Found this hike only because it is directly across from the Hot Springs, there is a sign. I uploaded the picture so whomever would have reference for the trailhead. From the trail tracks it looks as though it may be used more so for bikes and/or motorized bikes but also had some footsteps sprinkled about. It really is lightly trafficked or else people are trying to keep this one a secret as it is very beautiful at the top. As far as difficulty, I used the Jar Trail for reference since it is also rated as 'Hard' the jar trail is hard in the sense that it's a bit dangerous coming back down IMO. It is very steep. This hike really wasn't all that tough for a very athletic person. I would not recommend for someone who does not hike regularly. It is almost all up hill. I repeat, it is almost ALL uphill. For the out of shape person you will be taking breaks frequently. It flattens out about a mile and half/two miles up, then continues on to go uphill to the peak. Unless you're in it for the exercise, it is only noteworthy for a Sunset or Sunrise. Or you otherwise just enjoy nature and being outdoors, then it is lovely as well. I can't imagine how beautiful it would be during the Spring.