Big Trees Trail
Big Trees Trail
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free2venture
Virginia472 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
In comparison to the Congress Trail, we just weren't too crazy about this one. It was hotter and less shady than the GS tree area for one and it was like a circle with a meadow of sorts in middle. I had a feeling while walking it, this would likely be where one might see a bear. So if you want to see a bear while on foot, this might be the place. The views were not as cool. It was still nice--just something about the circle meadow thing wasn't working for us. We did see a very cute bear with brown patches of different colors and a silly person getting too close. We stood at a safe distance with our kids, took a few pictures and moved on. It looked like a cub and you don't want to mess with a mama bear! At the end you reach a porta potty style restroom with bugs and no running water and then hit a bit of a hard incline on way back.
Written July 15, 2022
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2017JB
San Diego, CA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
This trail is conveniently located near the Giant Forest Museum. It was much better than I expected! Easy walking surface either paved or boardwalk, so you can look around at the scenery and take photos/videos without needing to constantly look where you are stepping. This type of clearly marked trail also kept people from wandering off and trampling the natural areas. Saw deer, and I spoke to another hiker who saw a bear in this meadow the day before. There are many large Giant Sequoias along the trail, lush foliage with various types of trees, plants and flowers. Definitely recommend this trail, and I will hike it again next time I visit Sequoia National Park.
Written August 26, 2017
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WVJeff304
Diana, WV360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Great introduction to the Sequoias with many interpretive placards on the paved/boarded loop. Slight incline/decline from parking lot to trail head, but relatively easy. Saw a black bear in the center field. Do this before you go see the really big trees like the Sherman and the Grant, or the big trees on the Congress trail near the Sherman tree.
Written September 27, 2019
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ann c
California41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Park at the Giant Forest Museum car park and take an easy walk there. A short and easy loop trail circling the beautiful Round Meadow. Amazing views of sequoias. We saw a bear with two cubs munching away in the woods under the sequoias, before the cubs dashed across the trail into the meadow, the whole time playing with each other and having a good time. Mummy bear followed closely behind. Further up on the trail was a huge pile of bear poop with seeds in it. A ranger was taking a group on a walk and was explaining the poop to them. Path is level and paved, and wheelchair-friendly. Look out for the tree with a giant rock attached to it. There's an assessable parking area right by the meadow near the Giant Forest Museum.
Written October 4, 2017
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Robert W
Puch, Austria290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Comfortable walk around the small lake .... saw plenty of animals too.

Don't miss this walk..... it is not all about the General Sherman tree
Written November 28, 2020
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Big Tree Trail is a flat and easy 1 km walk near the Giant Forest Museum. It circles a small meadow lined by giant Sequoia trees, providing many photo opportunities of the giant trees.

There is a small carpark for around 10-12 vehicles near the loop trail. We found this one quite full during our visit but were able to park after a waiting a few minutes. Alternatively, there is a much larger carpark nearby, just across the street from the Giant Forest Museum.

We enjoyed walking this trail. There are numerous trail side panels providing information related to the Sequoia trees, the meadow they surround as well as the history of human activity in the area. These were neat to stop and read while viewing the sequoias.

In the end, this Big Tree Trail took us around 45 minutes. If you are only hiking and not reading the signs or taking photographs, you can probably complete it in 20-25 minutes only. Give it a try if you are looking for light and easy walks in the Giant Forrest in Sequoia National Park.
Written May 8, 2019
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Janice C
Hacienda Heights, CA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017
This trail is easy and fit all ages. It even has a board walk that's for the handicaps. The trail is a loop that circles a meadow of big trees. It took me and my groups about 2hr to finish it but we stopped very frequently for pictures and just enjoying the view. You can start this trails at several different locations, such as from the big tree museum, or from General Sherman area or the trail head if you can find space at parking lot. I've been to this place 4 times and only twice was I able to find a parking space at the trail head.
Written July 1, 2018
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TravelReviewer1983
Sde Eliezer, Israel5,413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
The Big Trees Trail was one of the most interesting and impressive trails we’ve found.

These incredible trees won’t let you stop taking photos (ideally use a GoPro to catch their size in one shot).
Written January 27, 2018
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Dale L
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My family, which includes pre-teen boys, and my 90+ year old parents found this to be the easiest trail in both parks and very lovely. Dad struggles to walk and uses two canes just to cross a room. We took the walker on this path. Happily, the entire trail was smooth, except for a mildly bumpy wood bridge. No steps, almost completely flat right from the handicap parking spot. AND it had benches at regular intervals all the way around.
Written October 26, 2019
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osumomof3
Stillwater, OK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This trail was great! Beautiful meadow, large trees, boulders to climb! My 11/13/15 year olds really enjoyed it. We like to stay off the beaten path, but this one was an exception and we are so glad we did it. We parked at the giant forest museum and walked down to the trail. You could have someone drop you off/pick you up in the handicap parking lot if you have little ones.
Written August 12, 2019
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