Trail of the Sequoias

Visalia, California

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This hike meanders through the Giant Forest Plateau in the relative solitude of a secluded forest among numerous stands of giant sequoias. The trail passes several meadows with creek crossings. The hike begins on the heavily used Congress Trail, but soon leads away from the crowds. At Log Meadow is Tharp’s Log, a historic cabin with a stone fireplace built in a fire-hollowed sequoia. Every summer from 1861 through 1890, Hale Tharp lived in the hollow log while his cattle grazed in the meadows.
Day Hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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Day Hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

This hike meanders through the Giant Forest Plateau in the relative solitude of a secluded forest among numerous stands of giant sequoias. The trail passes several meadows with creek crossings. The hike begins on the heavily used Congress Trail, but soon leads away from the crowds. At Log Meadow is Tharp’s Log, a historic cabin with a stone fireplace built in a fire-hollowed sequoia. Every summer from 1861 through 1890, Hale Tharp lived in the hollow log while his cattle grazed in the meadows.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Visalia
Length: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Mid-May to Mid-November
Local Contacts: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (559) 565-3341
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Giant Forest and Lodgepole Sequoia Natural History Association — Giant Forest
Topo Map: Trail of the Sequoias Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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