Calaveras North Grove Trail

EASY 97 reviews

Calaveras North Grove Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Arnold, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

1.4 miles
75 feet

kid friendly


nature trips



no dogs

Note: There is a fee to park.

8 days ago

Nice and easy scenic hike. The giant sequoia trees make me awe-struck every time. Highly recommend!

trail running
10 days ago

Connected to this loop as part of a longer run from Arnold. It was a great “destination”. The sequoias are impressive and I ran the mile loop without even noticing I was running.

1 month ago

Had a great time with the family on this hike. We have 4 kids all under the age of 6 and we all made it! 2 were on our backs, but the 6 and 4 year olds hiked it and enjoyed the large trees and beautiful scenery. Weather was good in the 80’s and was a good escape from the hot weather in Sacramento. We were here mid week in June and trails were not crowded. We even took time to view the camp sites for a return trip to camp next time. Highly recommend for a easy family hike.

1 month ago

Good stroll with the kids!

1 month ago

A beautiful trail, I took away one star due to it being so crowded. There were 100 or so people and the trail felt claustrophobic at times. However, the tress were plentiful and beautiful. The giant stump of a sequoia cut down in 1853 at the start of the trail was sobering. Also, the beginning of the trail isn't well marked and many people take the loop trail backwards (which contributed to the crowding).

1 month ago

Beautiful and family friendly regardless of the time of year. I was here about 2 months ago and it snowed while we did the short trail, yet it was still very doable. They also have guided tours and you learn a lot about the trees and history here. The staff is really nice too!

2 months ago

Great family trip and self guided tour even in the snow!!!

3 months ago

We just had a good hike at the North Grove. We are fortunate , the weather is really nice. We drove really early ;we are one of the first two cars in the parking lot. By 11:00 it was really full. Very nice park volunteers at the visitors center.

3 months ago

Hiking in the snow was great!

4 months ago

we went yesterday. there was a small layer of snow and it was easy to walk. it was a little cold.

6 months ago

Gorgeous! Great with a stroller and young kids. Our nine year old loved the trees but was hoping for something a tad more strenuous. We went during winter days, so they had fun crafts. Seven month old’s favorite activity on hikes is talking to the trees, so she absolutely loved this stroll.
Tiny patches of icy snow on the ground in the parking lot, but none in forest/on trails. Tennis shoes are perfectly acceptable.

9 months ago

Awesome scenery. Great for kids. Stroller accessible.

10 months ago

Easy educational and pleasant

11 months ago

Take the Grove Overlook Trail as well. Worth it to see the view of the trees from a higher viewpoint!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Love it I can't wait to go back because it's the best ever

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Great trail for young kids and all levels of physical fitness

Friday, June 30, 2017

We only GPS mapped the Canyon River Trail for one way. It was closer to 6.6 miles roundtrip than the advertised 8 miles. Moderate difficulty, reasonably well-maintained, well marked with appealing aesthetics (creek, river, forest, greenery, nicely shaded). Approx. 1300 foot elevation climb back up the ridge from the river. Have fun & don't forget to pack out your trash. We saw a lot of garbage on the trail and tried to pick up as much as we could find. Please be respectful to this beautiful forest. Thank you!!!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

We visited New Year's Day, 2017. The snow was beautiful and added something special to the walk. This was my first hike as an adult. Now, I have this need to see more!

Monday, November 07, 2016

This is a great hike for families, and for individuals of all ages and abilities. If you are looking for a trail to get started with, if you want to get your kids interested in hiking, this is a great place to go. The path is well maintained, and is a boardwalk for much of the trail, so there is no tricky terrain. Great place to just let the kids run and enjoy the beauty all around. We completed this trail in about an hour.

If you are looking for a challenging trail, this is not for you. Great place to get kids motivated to do harder trails in more remote corners of the Sierras though.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Super easy but great for little ones. More of a walk than a hike. Lots of places to stop along the way for a picnic under the majestic sequoias.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

This was a great trail to view the redwoods but way too touristy for me. It was Labor Day so plenty of "holiday naturists", kids yelling at times, disrespecting the forest, etc. We ended up hiking the River Trail (much much less crowded) made it about 1.5 miles but turned around because it was too much for the kids. I'd love to go back and hike the entire River Trail (4 mile) to the Stanislaus River.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

There's nothing like seeing the Sierra's Giant Sequoias. This park is often crowded, but the 1.7-mile loop is always rewarding. The forest here is very lush with wildflowers, berries and even ferns.
Consider coming when the dogwoods are in bloom. In the winter, it's a great place to snowshoe or cross-country ski. Also, check out the 3-years-new visitors center. It was partially funded by the park's support group and is a testimony to its status as one of the most beloved jewels of the California State Park system.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Just amazing to see the big trees defiantly different from our trees in Yosemite but still amazing I love all
The little trails. I'd go
Back there right now if I could!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

It really nice

Friday, April 01, 2016

Great hike!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Beautiful scenery and views. We hiked the Overlook and River Trails then finished up with the North Grove Trail. We arrived at the park around 9 am so we were pretty much alone until we returned to the visitor center at around 12 pm . By then the tourist arrived and it was no longer peaceful. We hiked in the snow. That was pretty cool too.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Love this place the hike is beautiful and it's not too crowded. Love looking at all the big trees.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Great little hike. Highly recommend going early before the guided hikes start. Most of the North Grove Trail is on a foot bridge and it's great for young kids and "mature" adults. If you have the time and want a little change (real little) take the trail to the south to the lookout view point. The trail to the lookout is a moderate climb uphill onto a paved drive for the last 200 meters. Pack a camera because the views are great. Was up on 11/21/2015 and the first snow was on the ground. The foot bridge was a little slippery, but once we got on the dirt, no problems.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

The sequoias are always so much more than a picture can capture. During a weekday the North Grove was quiet (except for a school group that met the other class halfway around). The loop is easy, peaceful, and very beautiful. On the weekend, of course, there are more families -- try the Grove Overlook Trail for a quieter experience (go up first if you want a little more challenge). Saw mule deer here on 11-7.

Another nice side-trip: take the River Trail just to the Scenic Outlook -- adds another 0.8 mile one way and maybe another 200 vertical feet.

Monday, October 05, 2015

A nice stroll through the woods. Be sure to grab a trail guide so you know what you're looking at! These tress are massive, but the biggest trees in the park are in the south grove. North grove is like a dream, I love the bench they have that lets you lay back and look up at the trees. A good hike for those who aren't really outdoorsy people.

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