Big Trees Trail

EASY 49 reviews
#16 of 83 trails in

Big Trees Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Red Fir, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November.

1.3 miles
98 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


old growth

no dogs

This easy, paved trail offers several educational displays focusing on the giant sequoia ecosystem.

2 months ago

Easy path!

3 months ago

Easy path great for small kids. Stroller friendly

nature trips
4 months ago

Excellent, easy trail. Wish we did this trail first. Has everything from beautiful meadows, Sequoia Trees and history of the area. Found no signs showing direction of Trailhead and map is vandalized. Walk Across from museum, head north along the 198. You'll pass a Sunset trail on your left, keep following along 198. You'll eventually get there. Go after 5pm and you'll get parking and a less travelled trail!

4 months ago

The meadow is full of flowers in July. Lovely loop with lots of information along the way. A little more crowded than other hikes in the park.

5 months ago

Solid, accessible trail that loops around a gorgeous meadow ringed by sequoias. Interesting to stop and read the signposts that show how this area used to be populated by a restaurant and lodgings. The best place in the park (other than the museum) to learn about the sequoia trees and history of the park. Also lots of wildlife, and I even saw a black bear while hiking this trail.

6 months ago

Walking this loop will make even the most die hard atheist rethink his beliefs.

6 months ago

highly traffic trail. very easy and great way to get close and personal to these young giants. there are some older and giants sequoia though as well. make sure to come early.

6 months ago

This trail runs north along the highway from the Giant Forest Museum. It then takes you across the highway and loops around a meadow with Sequoia trees along the perimeter. Easy for kids. Flat and paved. Bathrooms at loop and museum.

8 months ago

Nice little trail with big trees

11 months ago

Loved it, went in December so there was plenty of snow

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Awesome memories from my youth and amazing trees!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

A short, easy walk with enormous, giant sequoia trees. One horizontal sequoia the agile adult in me even climbed through. Though trying to park in the nearest lot can be an impossible task during busy times (summer weekends + holidays), the city of Visalia has buses running throughout each parking lot/campsite, just in case they are extremely busy...but be prepared to wait. We lucked out and drove up from another hike later in the day (6pm Saturday 9/3/16), and were able to park in the lot across from the Giant Forest museum. Though not quite as tall as redwoods, these massive giants are officially the "biggest" trees in the world, just not the tallest. This is a must see and hence what this park is named after.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

amazing trees. educational trip for the whole family.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Amazing trees!!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016


Monday, May 16, 2016

This trail is a must. Amazing trees to see. Easy walk.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Short. Easy. Cool trees. We saw a mother bear and her cub!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I really liked this hike. Its very easy, and loops you through a lot of trees. Ive never been before so it was great walking directly through the big trees. It was icy the day I went and very slippery, but because of the snow/ice no one was there. Made is fun being almost alone.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

A wonderful short trail, starting at the Museum.
After a short walk from here you cross the street to get to the actual loop. We had the incredible luck to see some bears. One of them was lying next to the trail so that we had to turn around and walk all the way back

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The trees are majestic and awe-inspiring, but do draw a large crowd especially on weekends. The five stars is actually for the hidden gems that we found when we wandered away from the crowds. The Stanislaus River runs through Big Trees, and it's definitely worth exploring. We found a secluded swimming hole past a popular fishing spot.

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