Calaveras Big Trees State Park is the home of over 900 Giant Sequoia Trees. We will start from the park's main entrance ($10.00 parking fee) and drive 8.3 miles to the South Grove parking area. The drive to the trailhead is beautiful with spectacular views of Mount Whitney. From the trailhead, we will start along the South Grove trail which follows Big Trees Creek for a short distance, turn right at a fork in the trail and over a bridge crossing the creek, follow the well maintained trail through the thick coniferous forest which only exists in certain areas of the Sierra Nevada. The trail is well shaded with several small creek crossings. Along the trail we will walk among the Giant Sequoias. Some of these Sequoias are over 30 feet in diameter and 300 feet tall, which make for additional photograph opportunities. At the next fork in the trail, veer right and follow the trail past the Palace Hotel Tree and end up at the Agassiz Tree which is the largest tree in the park. After a short break we will head back to the bridge crossing Big Trees Creek, kick off our boots and put our feet in the water while we enjoy a quick lunch. After lunch you can drive back up and enjoy the Visitors Center and take an optional 1.7 mile loop through the North Grove. This portion of the day is optional. The South Grove Trail is an in and out trail which is approximately 7 miles with about 500 feet of elevation change. Beginner hikers who want a slight challenge are encouraged to try this trail.
Sorry but dogs are not allowed on the State Park hiking trails.
Driving directions to Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
11th/ P St. Sacramento, CA. Downtown park and ride.
1.Head West on P St.
2.Turn Left on 9th St.
3.Turn left onto X St.
4.Take the I-80 BUS E/US-50 E ramp on the left to Reno/Placerville
5.Continue onto US-50 E.
6.Take the Watt Ave Exit.
7.Turn right onto Watt Ave.
8.Turn Left onto CA-16 E/Jackson Rd. Continue to follow CA-16 E. 30.5 mi
9.Turn Right onto Highway 49 to Jackson. Don't miss this turn!
"BASICALLY STAY ON CA-49 TO JACKSON, THROUGH SAN ANDREAS AND UP TO ANGLES CAMP. WATCH FOR THE CA-49 SIGNS".
10.In Jackson, turn left at the signal light and stay on Highway CA-49, Cross the Mokelumne River, continue up the winding curves and continue to a stop sign.
11.Turn left and continue on Highway CA-49 through San Andreas to Angles Camp.
"THERE IS A STARBUCKS AND MCDONALDS AT THIS INTERSECTION, AND A GOOD RESTROOM BREAK".
12.Turn left onto CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. 1.9 mi
13.Continue straight onto CA-4 E. 21.8 mi
14.Turn right onto Big Trees Pkwy (Calaveras Big Trees State Park)
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
1170 California 4
Arnold, CA 95223
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