We have been on the Grant Grove loop trail many times, but this time we found a little traveled, well marked trail that goes thru a wonderful grove of Giant Sequoias and fern covered meadows. It starts at the end of the overflow parking lot (where the tour buses usually park.) The road is closed to vehicles, so park at the far end of the lot, and follow the dirt road. Take the first trail to the right, signs says "North Grove Loop", follow the trail as it goes downhill about 400', about 1.2 miles thru majestic, shady and peaceful scenery, with hardly a person around! After you come out of the loop take the first trail marked "Dead Giant Loop", this takes you past a giant dead sequoia, and on to a view of a private lake, Lake Sequoia.. Follow the trail back around to come out where you started. Well marked trail heads, plus you can but a map at the beginning of the General Grant Trail, or at the Grant Grove Visitors Center. Well worth the hike! Take plenty of water, the coming back is a lot of uphill walking. (Bring your own T.P., there are no toilets available, so you'll have to rough it!
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