Trail of 100 Giants, Sequoia National Forest
Photo © Gré Mars
The Trail of 100 Giants is an easy, accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove, one of the premier groves of giant sequoias in the southern Sierra Nevada. The grove showcases monarchs estimated to be 1,500 years old.
About 1.3 miles of paved trail offers several loop options with interpretive signs. Located on the Western Divide Highway (Hwy 107), facilities include a paved parking area, restrooms, picnic area and campground nearby. A $5 per vehicle fee is charged to help maintain and improve these facilities.
On Friday, September 30, 2011, two giant sequoia trees fell side by side across several portions of the Trail. The two sequoias, joined together at the base, were approximately 280 feet tall and have a combined diameter of approximately 17 feet near the root ball where they first obstruct the trail. When the trees fell, the trail was immediately closed for public safety, and remained closed for three weeks while Forest officials assessed the damage to the trail and removed the immediate hazards from the trail area. The trail reopened on October 22, 2011 and remained open until November 6, 2011 when Tulare County closed the Western Divide Highway due to snow.
On April 15, 2000, President William J. Clinton proclaimed the establishment of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and made his announcement beneath one of the giant trees at the Trail of 100 Giants.
The grove contains approximately 125 giant sequoias greater than 10 feet in diameter and more than 700 giant sequoias less than 10 feet in diameter. The largest tree in the grove has a diameter of 20 feet and is 220 feet in height. The grove defined by the outermost giant sequoia trees covers 341 acres. It is estimated that the ages of larger giant sequoia trees in the grove are up to 1,500 years old.
Notable sites along the Trail of 100 Giants include the Fallen Giant, several trees that have been hollowed by large fire scars, a giant sequoia and incense cedar that are growing together with their bark fused, and a small seasonal creek and several meadows. In June and July one can find many wildflowers blooming in the grove area. In October and November the black oak in the grove turn a brilliant shade of gold.
Open early June through late November, weather permitting.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Paved trail, fully accessible.
Pets allowed on 6-foot leash.