The Sequoia Parks Conservancy provides increased accessibility on park trails and infrastructure. This one mile loop is now ADA accessible which allows virtually all park visitors to experience this trail with views of beautiful meadows and giant sequoia groves. This nature loop is a easy and pleasant trail that brings you through a beautiful grove in the Giant Forest.
Stay right at the next junction, beginning a counterclockwise loop. Along the way you will see informative trail-side exhibits that describe what you see. As you come to another junction bear left to stay on the loop.
You will then head downhill and cross a wooden bridge over Little Deer Creek and come to another junction. Stay to the left completing the loop. Take the right to return to the museum.
The Sequoia Parks Conservancy provides increased accessibility on park trails and infrastructure.
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During the 1920s and 1930s, this hill was a garbage dump site. Black bears would come to this site to feast on the trash and in the 1940s it was closed due to bear and human conflicts. This hike will take you past Bear Hill and beautiful giant sequoias.
Distance: 4 miles round trip
Hiking time: 2 hours
Park in the Giant Forest Museum parking lot. Walk .1 mile up Crescent Meadow Road and turn left at the Bear Hill Trail sign. You will head up the hillside and pass beautiful plants and maybe see an animal or two.
At .5 miles you will reach a knoll and junction at the base of Bear Hill. Bear right to continue on the Bear Hill Trail. At 1.5 miles you will reach another knoll and descend to Crescent Meadow road. Continue on the road and wind up the hillside to the end of the trail at Roosevelt Tree.
Visitor video of Roosevelt Tree
From there you can take the right fork to Moro Rock, the left fork to the Soldiers Trail or head back the way you came. All three trails will return you to the museum.
This loop takes you through a beautiful grove of sequoia and features the General Grant Tree, also known as the Nation's Christmas Tree.
Distance: 1-mile loop
Hiking time: 30 minutes
Park in the Grant Tree parking lot. From the trailhead, follow the right fork past the Robert E. Lee tree to the Fallen Monarch. This hollow giant sequoia was once used to house people and to stable horses.
Continue on the trail to a loop circling the General Grant Tree. Follow the loop to see a 360-degree view of this magnificent tee. From there continue up to the Gamlin Cabin. In 1890, this cabin was used by the U.S. Calvary. You may get the chance to see history come alive when visiting this cabin. The Sequoia Field Institute puts on programs throughout the summer at this location. For the program calendar visit: exploresequoiakingscanyon.com.
The route back to the parking area will take you past the Centennial Stump, Oregon, and Lincoln Trees.
To learn more about the General Grant Tree visit www.nps.gov.
The climb up Moro Rock always offers a dramatic view. Throughout the seasons the natural environment changes and the view can be different each time you visit.
Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Hiking time: 40 minutes
Once at the top you will feel as if you are on top of the world. Take your time at the top and when ready, head back down the way you came.
Park in the Hospital Rock parking lot and hike towards Buckeye Campground, unless you are already camping there.
Along the way you will see a diverse display of nature. A few examples of what you can expect to see are butterfly, manzanita, buckeye, yucca, and Castle Rocks.
Once you reach the campground look for site 28. At campsite 28 you will see a signed trail on the left. Follow that path and you will quickly see the river. Cross a footbridge and bear left heading upstream past pools and boulders. A short distance from the bridge you will come to Kaweah Falls.
The rivers in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are swift and dangerous. Always use caution when near the river.
Along this trail you will pass Hitchcock Meadow, a small scenic meadow surrounded by giant sequoia stumps. You will also pass Sequoia Creek along the way.
Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Chester, a 94-year-old Navy veteran, helped build the trail inside Crystal Cave in 1940. At age 17 Chester helped to open the cave to tourist before he went to fight in World War II. Over 70 years later Chester returns to see the cave he once worked on.
Chester's brother contacted SPC when Chester made the request to visit the cave he had worked on so many years ago. We made arrangements to make this happen. The Fresno City College football team helped to carry Chester down the steep and strenuous 1/2 mile trail to the cave.
Hosting an original Crystal Cave CCC member was an honor. We are happy to have been able to make this happen for Chester.
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For more information on Crystal Cave visit www.explorecrystalcave.com.
A letter from Karen Stroh,
Sequoia National Park has been a part of my life since I was born. I grew up where the east fork joins the Kaweah River at the Pumpkin Hollow Bridge. My parents Bill and Denelle Stroh built and owned the Canyon Lodge Motel (now the Sequoia Village Inn). They both worked in Sequoia.
My mother's parents, Darrell and Nell Perce also worked in Sequoia. My mother grew up in Ash Mountain and Lodgepole. My parents met when my mother was working in the personnel department at Ash Mountain and my father was hired. My mother left that job to raise my sister Kathy and I, and to help run the motel.
My father worked in maintenance in all areas of Sequoia. Some of the things he did was maintain the lighting system in Crystal Cave, build and maintain backcountry lookouts and radio repeaters (he logged a lot of hours in the helicopter), entrance stations and the Lodgepole Museum. After he retired he helped the Sequoia Natural History Association with several projects including overseeing the creation of the new Foothills Visitor Center at Ash Mountain. My mother was the business manager of the Sequoia Natural History Association from 1973 until she retired in 1992.
My grandfather Darrell was a heavy equipment operator driving trucks in the summer and snowplows in the winter. My grandmother Nell was a telephone operator in the old Administration Building which topped the hill directly across the highway from the present Ash Mountain Visitors Center. They lived in Ash Mountain and in Grant Grove. As a child I spent time with them in both of these locations.
In the winters my parents took my sister Kathy and I to Lodgepole for night skating on the lighted ice rink. We also spent many weekends downhill skiing at Wolverton with friends from the park, Woodlake, Exeter, Lindsay and Visalia.
I have always enjoyed Crescent Meadow and Moro Rock and the General Sherman is amazing. I feel very privileged to have grown up with them.
I miss having all of this at my doorstep, but I have found a Sequoia giganteum here. It was planted on the hilltop where I live in 1966 as a 9 foot tree. It is now 75 feet tall. There are several other smaller ones on the property. Sequoia National Park will always be near and dear to my heart.
April 10, 2017
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