South Grove Trail is a hiking trail in Tuolumne County, California. It is within Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Calaveras South Grove Natural Preserve. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 4,435 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,089 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings and restrooms. The Stanislaus Grove Big Trees (elevation 4,721 feet) wood and the Palace Hotel Tree and Kansas Group trees can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Agassiz Tree.
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"One of only 75 remaining groves of giant sequoia, the South Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a truly inspiring sight. This loop trail passes through previously logged-over land to reach a stand of the park’s largest trees. A side trip will take you to the Agassiz Tree, the largest sequoia in the park and one of the world’s top 10 biggest trees. An interpretive guide is available from the visitor center, with names and information about individual trees along the trail. Terrain: Dirt path through an old-growth giant sequoia and second-growth pine forest."
--Dan Brett, Hike America: Northern California (The Globe Pequot Press).
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