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“Leave the Parking Lot!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Stump Basin

Big Stump Basin
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Type: Trails
Activities: Hiking, Birdwatching
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Calgary, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Leave the Parking Lot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Watching people pull up, get out of their cars, use the washroom and then take a photo of the smallish (they think its big) stump by the bathrooms almost makes you weep. If you have driven all that way take 30 minutes and take the trail to the Mark Twain stump. Its a great walk and the site of all the stumps along the way, trees sacrifice for very little gain (they shattered when they fell) is a sobering lesson. Your kids might want to jump back into the car to watch The Lorax on their iPad. Show them the real thing.

Visited October 2012
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Porter Ranch
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“See why this park was created”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We hiked the Big Stump Trail near the Grant Grove entrance station to see the impact of deforestation at Sequoia. Our daughter was working on her Girl Scout Cadette Trees badge, which called for understanding more about deforestation and logging. What better place to see the impact?

We easily completed the trail in an hour. We got the one page trail guide from the Grant Grove Visitor Center. It was also a great opportunity for our Cadette to work on map reading skills and identify where we should be looking for the key sites on the map. We were able to walk inside the Burnt Monarch tree and on the Shattered Giant tree. There are huge piles of sequoia sawdust leftover from the logging days. The Mark Twain Stump was created when the American Museum of Natural History wanted a slice to show their visitors. Shame on them! There are lots of trees growing back and I think this helped cement in our minds why this park was created. That the threat of cutting down all the trees was real.

We paired this hike up with an afternoon swim at Lake Hume, which was refreshing.

Visited July 2012
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Australia
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327 attraction reviews
Reviews in 167 cities Reviews in 167 cities
475 helpful votes 475 helpful votes
“Preservation, not devastation.... a sad reminder”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Probably not the most popular of trails as was the case the morning we did this hike. Who wants to see a 'bunch of stumps' right? My good rating is not for the awe-inspiring width of these felled giants but for the educational hike itself.
This is a close look at what necessity, survival, greed and ignorance can do to nature. Then along came the naturalists lobbying for change such as John Muir to help man understand and stop irreparable damage to these gentle giants and other trees.

The trail is an easy 2-mile hike, which focuses on mature trees, meadows, wildflowers, forest growth and the stumps that lie abandoned in among the living trees. Some trees still have huge wound like scars, which had been left standing for unexplained reasons. There was a mill located here so that these huge sentinels could be logged and processed much easier.

The Mark Twain stump, which is in an open meadow, is one of the largest and stairs leading onto the stump gives you an idea how wide and how old this giant was when it was felled.
Over 1350 years old when logged it is now a sad memorial to a once living thing. A cross section of the tree was cut and sent to a museum and is still on display today. Most of the stump wood is still in good condition as the decay rate is far slower due to the makeup of the timber.

So seeing the result of past misadventures we were glad to have the chance to see other living giants of the forest in this beautiful setting. This trail is not just about seeing the stumps but the amazing living trees and growth that are now protected.

Please enjoy your visit!

Visited June 2012
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Orem, Utah
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Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“a sad reminder of what man can do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is a beautiful area to drive to. The Hugh stumps that are left after the trees were logged look to be a memorial to there lives. It looks like gravestone in a beautiful meadow. I was hurt by the loss of such beautiful giants.

Visited June 2012
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Lehigh Acres, Florida, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Holy cow those are huge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

these stumps are massive examples of mans poor judgement. the area is beautiful its just a shame they were cut down in the first place. its an easy hike through the area, the only things missing were the snow and the crowds, winning!

Visited January 2012
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