Grant Grove (sequoias) is a less-crowded alternative to Sequoia N.P. (which is a drive to the south). Even so, this short paved trail can also be crowded; and you are fenced away from most of the redwood trees (to protect root systems). Want a quiet hike? Want to touch a redwood? Walk to the end of the "bus parking lot" (past the two joined redwoods). Walk past the locked gate and follow the signs on the "North Loop" trail. You'll hike down a fern-dotted drainage and circle through shady forested areas; eventually back uphill to the beginning. The slopes are not severe, and the hike can be done in about an hour. Relax, and enjoy the big trees. Take water, as summer days can get warm. The best part is standing under these massive trees, and touching the yard-thick flaky bark. My daughter and I even saw a spotted owl on one hike here. I rarely see more than 3-4 people, and often nobody.
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