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Big Tree Nature Trail is a 1.4 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 bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 219 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

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Getting There

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.

The parking is free. The picnic area offers flush restrooms as well as water.

Foresthill Ranger Station 22830 Foresthill Road Foresthill, CA 956314 (530) 367-2224 voice or http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5323111

From the Foresthill Exit, take Mosquito Ridge Road (Road 96) 19 1/2 miles to the Big Trees turnoff and make a right turn. After taking the road for a half mile you will arrive at the picnic area and trailhead.

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Sam Dennon
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Hiking

Beautiful!

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Amy McCarthy
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Hiking

Fun, easy walk for everyone. Lots of different plants, bridges, fallen trees to climb on for interest for little ones. The hardest part is the drive to the trailhead.

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Elle O.
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HikingBugs

It's a long drive on a windy, cliffside road, but the reward at the end is worth it. Peaceful and not crowded. Bring some decent bug spray or you will regret it. Trail is partially marked but I think the sign at the very beginning is missing. Trail needs a little maintenance of the markers, but otherwise is great. Easy hike. Restrooms are closed. No water or trash services.

Adam T.
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HikingBlowdownOff trail

Visited on 5/2/2020 to get out of the house and do some responsible social distancing. First time here and it is beautiful. We had a heavy (wet) snow in late feb? and there are a lot of snapped trees down on the road and in the park. Not a problem getting there but there were a few detours on the trails so if you have a difficult time navigation off trail (bad knees or hips) beware. Definitely worth it if you are in the area or passing through. There are a couple picnic sites with tables but you have to look a little to find them. Bathrooms are closed and did not check water spigots. Site is ina. It if disrepair but it’s way out there and budgets are tight. Lots of bear scat but didn’t see any while we were there. Also saw some signs of irresponsible human use of nature as a bathroom with paper left behind to blow around. Do us all a favor and bury your own crap and pack out the tissue. This is not your backyard....

Mina V
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Hiking

Although a short trail, it’s great being able to see the big trees with my dog away from crowds. I arrived in the afternoon and completed the hike within 30 minutes with sightseeing. There were only a couple of cars in the parking lot and I saw a few hikers but that’s about it. There was a lot of bear scat when I was there so just be aware of your surroundings. The facilities were clean and working and they had an information board in the parking lot. I was driving there from Foresthill so the road was extremely windy and some parts of the road there were only one lane due to roads breaking in rockslides I’m assuming. Despite that, it was a beautiful hike and drive and I would do it again but only if you plan on being in the area for a while.

justin f
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Hiking

Awesome seeing all the large trees so far from where they should be

K T
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Hiking

Picnicked at Big Trees Grove yesterday (8/10/19), then walked the Grove Trail. Beautiful! Weather was in the mid 60s and overcast. (Even got a few raindrops). Lush greenery, beautiful scenery, wonderfully quiet, and we had the place to ourselves. There are several picnic tables to choose from, well away from each other to make it private. Gorgeous and quiet!! Earlier posts mentioned the facilities and the little tour booklets. When we were there, the facilities were unlocked and stocked, the water fountain was potable and functioning, and the tour booklets were stocked and available. Please pack out what you pack in! Not only for nature but for safety. There were signs of recent bear activity in the area (fresh dig, blood, and scat), so remember that we are visitors in their home, not the other way around. Respect nature and all she has to offer; 'live and let live." By way of information, the road to Placer Big Trees Grove is Mosquito Ridge Road. Much of it is VERY narrow, no guardrails, steep drop-offs, and several areas of wash-out where the road is reduced to one lane. When the signs say 15-20 mph, they mean it! Take your time -- Don't play flatlander hotrod up here or you will become a nice little snack for the animals when you go catapulting off the road and down the cliff. If you plan to stop at Circle Bridge and hike down to the river, beware: We saw two large rattlesnakes (makin' whoopie) rolling around on the trail to the river under Circle Bridge ... which is how we ended up with Plan B - Placer Big Trees. Well worth it!

T Smith
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Walking

beautiful area. it's too long of a drive for such a short hike but worth it if you visit the other spots in the area or you're camping near by or out enjoying a Sunday drive and want to take a meandering walk through this old Grove. great place to take someone who can only walk a little distance and wants to enjoy the Grove without the millions of people in Yosemite, although it too is gorgeous and a must see.

Becky Carter
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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.

Maggie Morrison
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Hiking

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!

Nathan Fender
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Hiking

Very fun

Nathan Fender
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Hiking

fun

Jack Thompson
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Hiking

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.

AllTrails L.
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Hiking

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.

Danie Kelly
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Hiking
First to Review

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.

Doug Wines
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Carolyn Villaverde
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Brian Sinclair
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Virginia Mishler
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Philippe P
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Shirley Jellison
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Jacb Crawford
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