A Day of Hiking in the Redwoods at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

A Day of Hiking in the Redwoods at Calaveras Big Trees State Park


Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Situated a bit further east into the foothills, this grove (which includes the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852) has been a major tourist attraction for over a century, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California.

While guided hikes through the North Grove area of the park are offered and are typically an hour and a half in duration, the South Grove Trail, by comparison, offers a quieter, more off-the-beaten-path experience with a duration of up to four hours (depending on your level of adventure at the moment). The lack of human influence is an outstanding feature of southern portion of the park and allows the hiker a unique opportunity to visit the ancient forest ecosystem in its primeval condition. …You can’t help but lose your breath when you realize you are surrounded by trees that are, quite literally, thousands of years old. Some of the trees are as tall as 300 feet and as wide as 30 feet. It’s an awe-inspiring walk, and a nice bit of exercise, to boot.

The state park is located just east of Arnold — a town of just under 4,000 residents nestled into the redwoods of the Sierra Foothills. If you wanted to make a night of it, reserve a room at Black Bear Inn. The inn was constructed in 2002, but its timber frame gives it an authentic mountain warmth and charm. Perfect way to cap off a day of hiking in the redwoods!

For more information:
Calaveras Big Trees State Park Hiking
AllTrails: Calaveras Big Trees State Park: South Grove Trail
Murphys Area Hiking

WHAT: Calaveras Big Trees State Park
WHERE: A quick 15-20 minute drive east on Highway 4, just four miles northeast of Arnold