Hikes in Calaveras County
Made famous by one-time resident Mark Twain’s short story, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, this one thousand square mile swath of the sierra foothills has a lot to offer to present day visitors. In addition to the famed jumping frog jubilee and a popular wine-tasting town, Calaveras County has several areas for hiking. Not far from Yosemite National Park on the west side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the sparely populated county is covered with rugged subalpine woodlands largely protected by Stanislaus National Forest. Tree lovers can visit Calaveras Big Tree State Park, which was one of California’s earliest state parks, and protects the first grove of giant sequoias discovered by settlers.
Hiking Calaveras County
|North Grove – Big Trees Trail in Calaveras Big Trees State Park|
This easy 1.5-mile loop explores the first giant sequoias discovered by settlers in California in the North Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park
|Upper Natural Bridge Trail|
This fun 2-mile round trip hike descends into a canyon to a limestone tunnel in a creek (that you can swim through).