Freeman Creek Sequoia Grove from Quaking Aspen

This hike takes us from the rear of Qaking Aspen campground, down the trail along the north side of the creek, through the heart of the Freeman Creek Sequoia Grove,  to the George Bush Tree near Lloyd Meadow Road.


Freeman Creek Grove –The pristine Freeman Creek Grove of giant sequoias is well removed from the tourist circuit, treating hikers to the thrill of discovery. Straightforward and well maintained, the trail meets the first giant sequoias well within the first mile, and doles them out in generous helpings all along the way. Handsome, dignified, and well proportioned amidst other large conifers and robust foliage, they are more majestic in this setting than when you find them fenced and surrounded by shutterbugs. Our trail also treats us to views of castellated Hermit Rock (8, 465 feet), on a ridge 2. 5 miles to the north. 

DIRECTIONS:  From Porterville take Highway 190 east through Springville and 21.4 miles to Quaking Aspen Campground.  The upper Freeman Creek trail head is located in rear of the campground.


Length: 8.6 mi

Elevation Gain: 1,550 ft (on the return trip back up)

Skill Level: Moderately demanding, because of a 1,550-foot elevation loss and gain. Duration 4 to 5 hours. The normal season is April through mid-November.

Equipment needed:  There could be some ice and snow in shady areas.  Bring traction devices like YakTrax or Micro spikes.  Even though low temperatures are predicted above freezing for the next week and a high temperature at Quaking Aspen to be 57 on Saturday, try to bring some.  Better safe than sorry, ice is very conducive to slips and falls.

When: Saturday, February 15, 2014. At trail head, 9:00am. Dinner afterwards in Porterville???

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  • Steven C

    Great hike, but just a little too much snow on the trail, would be much better in the spring.

    1 · February 15

    • Tony S.

      June and July are also nice Steve, good getaway from the valley heat.

      1 · February 16

  • Tony S.

    Even though more snow than I expected, It was a beautiful day with a good group of hikers. It was nice to see the white stuff! Even with wet shoes and feet, the smart wool socks kept my feet warm! Well worth
    the extra cost!

    February 16

  • Thomas H.

    After that i'm ready for sochi

    2 · February 16

  • Wes B.

    Cold but very invigorating!

    February 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a challenging hike due to the deep snow but the Redwoods and Giant Sequoias were majestic. Thank you Tony and Glen

    2 · February 15

  • Nicole G.

    So sorry that I am unable to make it. Had a previous engagement that I forgot.

    February 14

  • Keio O.

    Always wanted to do this hike, sorry I'll miss it, I'm jealous. Is the trail maintained? Anticipating photos. Have fun!

    1 · February 14

    • Tony S.

      The trail is maintained and used also by mountain bikes. I'll be posting pictures to the this site.

      1 · February 14

  • Thomas H.

    Sounds good will be there

    February 14

  • Sally T.

    I had planned on bringing ShadowDog, but her ground clearance is only 10". She and I will catch up to you when the conditions are more low-clearance dog friendly!

    February 14

  • Bea C.

    Will have to catch up with you all later.

    February 13

  • Wayne Bernard S.

    I did this hike solo a few years ago. I will be starting from Porterville and meeting at the trailhead. I suggest that the Northern contingent form a carpool with me from an alternate location. My suggestion is to meet at 7:25 AM to leave by 7:35 AM at the Black Bear Diner parking lot in Porterville. Directions: Take Hwy 65 to Porterville, exit eastbound on Olive Ave., then 1 block to NW corner of intersection at N. Porter Rd. and Olive Ave. Please confirm with me in advance if you wish to join the carpool. My cell is[masked]

    February 13

  • Tony S.

    Be prepared for 11 inches of slushy snow with patches of dirt at the beginning of the hike. Our hike will start at 7100 feet and descend to Lloyd Meadow Road at 5600 feet. We will then turn around and hike up the 1500 feet gain to our vehicles.
    DRIVERS, bring tire chains if you have them.

    February 13

  • Janet C.

    is the meeting spot hodels or trailhead? this will be my first meet up

    February 12

    • Tony S.

      Which ever is more convenient for you Janet. We encourage ride-sharing. If you wish to carpool, arrangements can be figured out at Hodels. It also gives you a chance to meet the Bakersfield people and start figuring out who you can ride with for future hikes. Just as a reminder.... bring water, a lunch, good shoes, and, optional, hiking poles. Poles will help for this trail if there is ice.

      February 12

  • Jill W.

    Tony, did you announce this? I'm surprised more people aren't signed up for it.

    February 11

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