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.
Note: There is a fee to park.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
It really nice
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.
Love this place the hike is beautiful and it's not too crowded. Love looking at all the big trees.
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.
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.