Trail of 100 Giants Sequoia

The Trail of 100 Giants offers a leisurely loop through a grove of giant sequoias. With easy access off the Western Divide Highway, this is practically a required stop on a trip to Giant Sequoia National Monument. Located within Long Meadow Grove, this half-mile paved trail gives visitors an opportunity to revel beneath these enormous beauties.

Giant Sequoia
The elegant red bark gives off a warm glow

How big are the giant sequoias? In Latin they are called Sequoiadendron giganteum, but there is only one word in the English language that captures the grandeur of these arbors — ginormous. These trees are huge! Regular trees look like saplings standing next to them. Volume-wise, these are the largest species of trees in the world. Many of the Sequoias are a thousand years old and more than twenty feet across.

Giant Sequoia
One of the “twin” Sequoias that are common in this grove

There is a five-dollar fee to park at the trailhead. Dogs are welcome. For more information on this paved half-mile loop, view the official trail brochure.

Update: Trail of 100 Giants closed after a giant sequoia fell across the trail in September of 2011. The trail has reopened, but may be different than the depiction above.

To get to the trailhead: Parking for the Trail of 100 Giants is located on the east side of the Western Divide Highway, 2.6 miles north of Parker Pass Road. The trail starts opposite the parking lot. Redwood Meadow Campground also offers access to the grove.

Trailhead address: Western Divide Highway, Sequoia National Forest, Porterville, CA 93257
Trailhead coordinates: 35.977959, -118.592566

Use the map below to create your own directions:


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These photos were taken in August of 2008. Click to enlarge.
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4 Comments on Trail of 100 Giants in Giant Sequoia National Monument

  1. hikespeak says:

    Two fallen sequoias temporarily closed Trail of 100 Giants on 9/31/11.

  2. Lily says:

    Is the trail of the 100 giants open now? What other things are recommended for young children 4 to 10 years old?

    Thanks,
    Lily

  3. megan says:

    I called today Aug 20, 2012 it’s open.

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