Big Tree Nature Trail

EASY 8 reviews
#97 of 164 trails in

Big Tree Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Foresthill, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
150 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

Picnic area, restrooms, and water are available. Great place to take the family for a day trip. Interpretive guides are available at the beginning of the trailhead.

1 month ago

The trail was nice and easy. It’s a beautiful area and the trees are just amazing. I marked it down in stars because the picnic area/trailhead and the trail markers were not well maintained. The bathrooms were locked and we didn’t see any picnic tables as indicated on the Tahoe NF website. There were no maps or brochures at the little hut. There was only one marked trail and that was for the Forest View Trail which is a 1.5 mile hike that joins up with the Big Trees Loop. Upon our return, we saw a post that the loop trail sign should have been on but wasn’t. It was very weird that before we left, someone spelled out “loop” in duct tape on the post so others could find the trailhead (see picture). To find the trailhead, when coming from the parking lot to he kiosk, the Forest View Trail is to the left of the kiosk and the Loop is to the right. The trails were clean and clear but some of the trail markers were falling over. The Forest View Trail was nice and went through a burn area which really was fascinating to see what had burned and what didn’t.

hiking
9 months ago

A quick way to see Big Trees with the family. Very Clean. When we went it had a few wasps. They buzzed us but for the most part left us alone. My dogs love it there, So much packed into a little hike. Almost off season, We had the place pretty much to ourselves. Bring your own water as mentioned. A great place to try the little ones out on for hiking and teach them about nature and outdoor manners. Have fun!

hiking
10 months ago

Very fun

hiking
11 months ago

fun

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Very short route direct to the grove - take the forest loop to add a little distance. Very easy hike, and awesome payoff (I know "awesome" is an overused word, but these trees deserve it). Facilities were locked, and the water fountain is posted as unusable so bring water.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Love going here for a short trip! It's an easy trail and our dog loves it. I always feel comfortable here, the picnic area is nice and the restroom is kept clean.

hiking
Friday, September 14, 2012

This is a great family hike, and is easy for children. This is the northernmost grove of Giant Sequoia trees, and is a favorite of mine. The only thing that I would change is how crowded the trail can become. If you are in the area it is worthwhile to stop by Grouse Falls trail as well. The hike is moderate but leads to a lookout that overlooks a beautiful waterfall. You cannot get to the waterfall but the sight is still beautiful. Big trees also offers a picnic area as well as running water and flush toilets. The seasons offer something special to this trail, because you can see the water flowing under the bridge, the western azalias smell wonderful, and during the fall the color of the leaves is great.

hiking
7 months ago