Hike the South Grove Trail in Big Trees SP

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The South Grove not only holds over 1000 mature sequoias, but also houses the largest tree in the park, the Agassiz Tree.  

The South Grove Trail of Calaveras Big Trees State Park sees far less traffic than the North Grove due to its increased mileage and distance from the park entrance. 

The trail starts at the South Grove Trail head which is located nine miles east of the entrance on the main park road. The trailhead has bathrooms, but no running water. 

From the trailhead, head south for approximately 1.5 miles until you reach the start of the loop trail. The trail then gently gains elevation as it meanders through the grove of giant trees. After about one mile, there is a spur trail that leads to the Agassiz tree, the biggest tree in the park. This spur trail makes the total mileage of the hike 5 miles. 

Off trail hiking in this area is permitted, but make sure to minimize your impact as much as possible. 

Distance

5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

560 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Fitness, Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Closed Off

Tried to make this trail but my directions took my off of a place called Moran Road, however when I was traveling on Upper Moran I ran in to a closed off lumber road. When I inquired about it in the town of Arnold, they said they never heard of the trail and the road was known for being closed due to the rough winter.

Great for families

Big Trees is a great spot for the whole family and the trees are just beautiful.

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