Hike the Shadow of the Giants Trail

1.1 miles 85 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by Dan Deublein

Walk within the shadows of the giant Sequoias! 

The Shadow of the Giants National Recreation trail is an amazing 1.1 mile self-guided hike through the heart of Nelder Grove. 

Take Hwy 41 north from Fresno; continue thru Oakhurst to Sky Ranch Road (6S10 or Forest Road 10) travel approx. 5 miles to Nelder Grove, when you reach the camp area take the first left (small road) and wind down the road until you reach the Shadow of the Giants trailhead.

As you begin your hike, the trail will split a short distance ahead. Take the left trail as it gently climbs along Nelder Creek. Interpretive signs along the way discuss "The Majestic Giant Sequoia and its Forest Neighbors". 

As the trail loops through the grove, you will experience only a few short uphill sections, which makes this adventure perfect for kids. Upon reaching the crossing point at Nelder Creek, you will have reached the halfway mark. Continue downhill where you will reach the trailhead.

After your hike, there is a small picnic area (Senic Splendor) across from the trailhead. You may also find restrooms at the trailhead and at Nelder Campground. 

Read More

Tags

Fitness
Chillin
Photography
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Shadow Of The Giants

Great little stroll, nothing strenuous but still a great time. Beautiful in all seasons, never too crowded, and seeing the sequoias is incredible.

Stay Nearby

6S40

Soquel Campground

Overview Soquel Campground consists of two loops on the banks of Willow Creek. The primitive sites are well-shaded by pine and fir trees and can accommodate small trailers and tents.Recreation Trai...

Oakhurst, California

Texas Flats

Overview Texas Flats Campground is a horse-friendly group camp situated on the banks of McGilvery Creek. It is split into 4 sections named manzanita, red fir, white fir and cedar. Recreation Nearby...

6S10

Kelty Meadow

Overview Kelty Meadow Campground is located in a mountainous area near Bass Lake. This horse-friendly camp is shaded by pine and cedar trees alongside Kelty Creek, with campsites wide and open enou...

Fish Camp, California

Wawona Hotel

At the Wawona Hotel, there’s something for everyone. Golf, tennis, horseback riding, and fishing are available, plus all the hikes you could dream of. In the evening, there are often musical perfor...

From $170/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Camp at Nelder Grove Campground in Sierra National Forest

    Sites are located along Willow Creek with plenty of shape. Right out of the campground you can hike nearby Bull Buck Trail and discover the giant sequoia trees. This is a first-come first-serve campground so arrive early.Directions: Take Hwy 41 no...

    0 miles 0 ft gain

  • Camp at Greys Mountain Campground

    From Greys Mountain Campground, Sierra National Forest is your oyster! Enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, and more. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. The campgro...

    5293 ft gain

  • Camp at Big Sandy Campground

    This campground is a great location to stay if you wish to do a day trip into Yosemite National Park or Sequoia National Park. The campground operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each camp site comes equipped with a picnic table, fire ring...

  • Camp at Fresno Dome Campground

    A great day hike from this campground is to the top of nearby Fresno Dome. Fresno Dome is a great location to picnic, watch the sunset, star gaze, or simply to relax and breathe some fresh air. The trailhead is conveniently in the campground.  Fre...

    6433 ft gain