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You haven't seen redwoods until you've peeped Sierra redwoods. They are big: 250-300 feet high, 25-30 feet across; and they are ancient: 2000-3000 years old. Their size impresses visitors young and old who quickly realize that the Big Trees park of this park's name is not a misnomer. Located in the Sierra foothills, this park has welcomed visitors for more than 80 years. Most people begin on the easy interpretive North Grove Trail, where you can stand atop the Big Stump and gaze around at Sugar Pines, White Fir, Incense Cedar and Ponderosa Pines. More adventurous hikers hit the South Grove Natural Preserve for five miles to reach the oldest ...

You haven't seen redwoods until you've peeped Sierra redwoods. They are big: 250-300 feet high, 25-30 feet across; and they are ancient: 2000-3000 years old. Their size impresses visitors young and old who quickly realize that the Big Trees park of this park's name is not a misnomer. Located in the Sierra foothills, this park has welcomed visitors for more than 80 years. Most people begin on the easy interpretive North Grove Trail, where you can stand atop the Big Stump and gaze around at Sugar Pines, White Fir, Incense Cedar and Ponderosa Pines. More adventurous hikers hit the South Grove Natural Preserve for five miles to reach the oldest tree in the park, the Agassiz Tree. Alternatively, the Bradley Grove consists of a nice display of 30-year-old Sierra redwoods. In fall, view the Big-Leaf Maples, Dogwoods, Hazelnuts, and other shrubs as they show off their colors. Year round you may camp by the creek, swim, bike and learn about the rich history of these majestic trees.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Calaveras Big Trees State Park is located about 4 miles northeast of Arnold, California in the Sierra Nevadas.
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer, fall