Calaveras South Grove Trail

EASY 67 reviews

Calaveras South Grove Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arnold, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
915 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

old growth

over grown

snow

no dogs

Calaveras Big Trees State Park preserves two groves of giant sequoia trees. It is located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Arnold, California in the middle elevations of the Sierra Nevada. It has been a major tourist attraction since 1852, when the existence of the trees was first widely reported, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California. The area was declared a state park in 1931 and now encompasses 6,498 acres (2,630 ha) in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties. Over the years other parcels of mixed conifer forests, including the much larger South Calaveras Grove of Giant Sequoias (purchased in 1954 for $2.8 million USD), have been added to the park to bring the total area to about 26 square kilometres (6,400 acres). The North Grove contains about 100 mature giant sequoias; the South Grove, about 1,000. The North Grove included the 'Discovery Tree' noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852 and felled in 1853, leaving a giant stump which is the only remainder of the tree. It measured 24 feet (7.3 m) in diameter at its base and was determined by ring count to be 1,244 years old when felled. However, the largest tree was believed to be the Mother of the Forest, which died after bark was stripped from it in 1854. Today only a fire-blackened snag remains. In addition to the popular North Grove, the park also now includes the South Grove, with a 5-mile (8.0 km) hiking trip through a grove of giant sequoias in their natural setting. The South Grove includes the Louis Agassiz tree, 250 feet (76 m) tall and 25 feet (7.6 m) in diameter 6 feet (1.8 m) above ground, the largest tree in the Calaveras groves.[2] It is named after zoologist Louis Agassiz (18071873). Other attractions in the Park include the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, the Lava Bluff Trail and Bradley Trail. The park also houses two main campgrounds with a total of 129 campsites, six picnic areas and hundreds of miles of established trails. Other activities include cross-country skiing, evening ranger talks, numerous interpretive programs, environmental educational programs, junior ranger programs, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and summer school activities for school children. Dogs are welcome in the park on leash in developed areas like picnic sites, campgrounds, roads and fire roads (dirt). Dogs are not allowed on the designated trails, nor in the woods in general.

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great easy trail

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Went on a Friday afternoon and there was hardly anyone there compared to the North Grove trail. I wasn't able to do the whole trail due to time unfortunately but everything I saw was absolutely beautiful and it was a very easy hike. I look forward to seeing it again! Tip: bring bug spray!

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3 months ago

Our first 5 mile hike with our 10 years old and 12 years old daughters. We enjoyed the hike a lot.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike! I loved that it was pretty easy especially for my niece and nephew, both of whom have asthma. They had an easy and fun time exploring while on the hike!

3 months ago

huge trees... didnt seem like that much elevation change... beautiful stream at the trailhead.

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5 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. First stopped at the north trail but decided quickly that it was too crowded. Drove a few minutes to the south trail and there was two cars there! We basically had the whole trail to ourselves (which we love). Beautiful sites to see and I loved all the dogwood blossoms throughout hike! I would definitely recommend it.

5 months ago