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Calaveras Big Trees South Grove Loop

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See Giant Sequoia Trees, gentle rolling hills, mountain stream, easy hike.
Near:Arnold, CA
Distance:5.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:400 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Depending on your route, you may hike 3.5 to 5 miles (if you visit the Agassiz Tree) on this trail. The first 1.5 miles of trail is a moderate, steady climb from the parking lot to the start of the loop trail, with a gain of 260 feet in elevation. The trail is well maintained. During the month of June, there are many varieties of wildflowers to view. There are detailed maps and trail guides available for a small fee at the start of the trailhead. You can stop and have a nice picnic by the mountain stream.

Trailhead: Road access to the South Grove trail is not accessible in the winter. To get to the South Grove, drive approximately 8.3 miles down the parkway from the Big Trees entrance gate. There are signs to direct you to the parking and trail head. (Lat:38.27 Lon:-120.28)
Trail Guides for Calaveras Big Trees South Grove Loop:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: California State Park (Telephone 209-795-2334)
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Diane Savard, who has posted  5 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Scott on 6/23/2008
Was on the trail 6/21/08 with massive lightning strikes in the area. Truly a visual masterpiece.

Reviewed by bj on 5/10/2008
I didn't know dogs are not allowed on the trail. We hiked it on Saturday May 10th and the South Grove Loop has not been cleaned up after the winter months, but they did have a sign to let you know.

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