Big Trees Trail

EASY 73 reviews
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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
121 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.

13 days ago

Do it if you are around, nice little walk, but there is so much more to see in this park

13 days ago

Easy hike to see big trees. There was a small bear in the meadow the day I went.

1 month ago

Best place in the park to see many giant Sequoias together. In the meadow we saw 2 bears and a family of dear all at once!

3 months ago

Outstanding hike. Scenery second to none!

4 months ago

Beautiful loop.

5 months ago

Beautiful sequoia trees to be seen here. Heavy traffic though.

5 months ago

Fun. Huge trees!

5 months ago

8 months ago

Easy path!

9 months ago

Easy path great for small kids. Stroller friendly

nature trips
10 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!

11 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.

11 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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Nice little trail with big trees

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This trail winds through a isolated grove of giant sequoia trees,(note-*sequoia*- which are NOT redwoods.)A scenic and well maintained trail with numbered markers in the grove.This is a free day use area with water, parking, and restrooms.This place is not as large as the groves in Calaveras or Sequoia National Park but it is unique that it is the northernmost grove in California, with its own particular eco-system and even has a massive Doug Fir.You take Mosquito Ridge road (96) in The Tahoe national forest region (Foresthill Ranger District) and simply look for the Big Trees sign or road 16. Do not use the drive link here, that directs you to take Gorman ranch rd which is no where near B.T.T. . Watch it! this area is desolate and the roads are windy with steep drop-offs aside from being not well marked! When you reach the park pick up a guidebook and take either the Forest loop trail to your left for a indirect 40 minute hike or go to your right for the 20 minute hike which leads directly to the trees.Perfect place for a day-hike,school field trip,scouting trip or scientific excursion.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Having grown up in the Redwood Empire of northern California these 3 redwoods hardly qualify as a grove. A very long windy drive to end up at this redwood "grove" which consists of a total of about 4 redwoods, only one of which is impressive in size. I say don't waste your time driving out here, there are many prettier hikes in the area.

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