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Shadow of the Giants [CLOSED] is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakhurst, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 200 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

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NOTE: Currently Closed due to Railroad Wildfire. Easy one mile loop with about twelve Giant Sequoias but only a handful of really big ones. Easy hike and really nice thick forest. Much different than most of the forest around bass lake. Many informative signs along the hike to educate people about the history of the Giant Sequoias

Parking available on side of road or small parking space with restroom at trailhead but 4x4 or AWD recommended to get up to it.

Nelder Grove is off Road 632, also known as Sky Ranch Road. You'll find it 10 miles (16 km) south of Yosemite Park's south entrance. If you're approaching from the south, it's 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the intersection of highways 41 and 49 in Oakhurst. The road sign for 632 is small and easy to miss if you're buzzing past at 50 mph, so watch for the larger sign to the Sky Ranch Inn, which (the inn, not the sign) is just up the road. Here's a Google Street View panorama of the turnoff. Once you're on Road 632, stay on it for just under 7 miles (11 km), until you reach a signed left turn to the Nelder Grove just as the pavement ends. Take the left turn and travel just over a mile (1.6 km) until the road forks. There's a sign at the fork that appears to indicate that Nelder Grove is to the right, but it's actually the Nelder Grove Campground that's off in that direction. What the sign calls "Shadow of the Giants", half a mile to your left, is your destination. Once you reach the grove you'll find a sign and a short but steepish and rutted driveway leading to the parking lot and trailhead.

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Virgil Gheorghiu
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Bill Dodge
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Unfortunately, sadly, tragically - all of the mature giant sequoias, along with the younger ones along the trail, were destroyed in the Railroad Fire. Other sections of Nelder Grove didn't fare so badly, but the entire Shadow of the Giants Trail was devastated. We hiked this trail for over 40 years, and it is heartbreaking to walk through the area now.

Lee Leach
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Yes, still closed. We walked down to the trailhead and heard a number of huge limbs break off towering, burnt trees. We heeded the warning and didn't actually go down the trail. I wonder if they will clear the dead trees or wait years for it to clear itself.

Ross Hutcheon
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Awesome trail, but looking a bit disheveled after the Railroad fire roared through the area & took out bridges, restrooms & signs

Elizabeth Trutna
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This was one of my children’s First hikes 15 years ago...it’s filled with wonder and majesty!! Really hope it can be resorted❤️

Karen Packard
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Nice, clean, short,hike. The stream that runs along trail makes a perfect nature hike. Road is bumpy,but slow driving, it isnt to bad.

Carol Beavers
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Lovely family walk. Short but lots to see. Many photo opportunities. The dirt road to trailhead can be rough after heavy rain.

Michelle Troutner
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This was a nice trail of a bumpy dirt road. I took my three boys ages 7, 4, and 3. It was an easy enjoyable hike for us. I would recommend taking a suv rather than a smaller car. The trail is clearly marked.

Philippe Audi
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Giant trees and no one on the trail

MIKE MIKE H
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dirt road isn't near as bad as people are saying ...I saw a mercedes car get all the way back no problem.. just go slow it's fine and we'll worth the trip! A++

Dennis Fithian
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An easy early season day trip. The many times mentioned vehicle with clearance is no joke. Deep ruts abound. The trail itself was easy even with a cardiac condition and a bit too much extra me. On Saturday May 27th, 2017 it was nice and cool, and not crowded.

Tracy S
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Beautiful but I highly recommend a vehicle with a lot of clearance for the dirt road leading to the trail.

James H.
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4 stars just to post the warning: highly recommend driving up with a high clearance vehicle. Long dirt road with deep ruts prevented us from getting there in our little economy rental car. We didn't want to risk damage to the car or getting stuck after the first few tricky spots.

Nick Sciaqua
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Hiking

Great hike very easy and the kids will love it. Awesome Grove. A must see.

Lindsey Gregory
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We opted to check this trail out on Black Friday and it was a great experience. Beautiful, quiet, and an easy trail. I loved that I could bring my dog, too. We spent about an hour there between walking and taking photos and whatnot. I was a little concerned about the unpaved road with my Toyota Camry, but it wasn't at all bad (I just wouldn't even think about it after a recent rain or snow). It was an easy trip from the valley and a much better use of time than Black Friday shopping!

Marc Garcia
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Beautiful hike.

Cesar Vazquez
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Awesome nice short hike.

Katie Knight
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Walking

A bit rocky to drive to- definitely recommend an SUV or truck of some sort. Easy, casual walk. Great for a nice informative walk with the kids or to relax in the great outdoors. Not a workout spot.

Kathy AYALA
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Pretty easy hike. I liked the informational plaques that gave descriptions of the trees. Beautiful forest. Getting there was a bit rough. My car is not meant for rocky roads since it sits a little low...nor are my tires meant for this kind of trip. Just drive carefully and slow.

Kris Green
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Was excellent. Shaded trail with clearly marked trails with informative spots along the way.

Tim Ritchey
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Nice and easy and quiet. Pretty

Andrea Espe
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Hiking

This is a wonderful quiet hike off of the beaten path. The forest is lush and the surroundings are exactly like a lot of trails in Yosemite, but without the crowds. There are some steep areas but nothing too bad. The Giant Sequoias are so magnificent and awe inspiring. We will be back again and again.

Nick Sciaqua
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Great for the family and dog. Informative trail markers along the trail and majestic Redwoods.

Stacey Davenport
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Quick & easy loop.

Justin Philips
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very pleasant walk with my wife and dog. we went in December when there was about 1.5 inches of snow. we were the only ones on the trail so we let the dog off leash. We started here then went to Fresno dome afterwards.

Kit Bedell
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Hiking

Short-beautiful-gigantic hike. Can't truly appreciate the size of the Sequoias until you see them in person!! I'd post pics, but it wouldn't do the hike justice.

Faustina Dela-Cruz
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Beautiful. My family and i really enjoyed it. Very easy, but a great place to explore, have a picnic or just enjoy some huge amazing trees and that wonderful forest smell.

Joe White
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Alex Jander
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