Big Stump Trail

Kings Canyon National Park, California

Distance0.5mi
Elevation Gain361ft
Trailhead Elevation6,330ft
Top6,330ft
Elevation Min/Max6142/6330ft
Elevation Start/End6330/6330ft
Big Stump Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Kings Canyon National Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 6,330 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 361 feet. The Ranger Station information is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms, a picnic site, and a parking. The Mark Twain Stump attraction can be seen along the trail. There is also a meadow along the trail.

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"This interpretive trail takes you through an area that was heavily logged in the 1880s and now serves as a reminder of how important it is to protect the environment.

Although the General Grant National Park was established in 1890, and later incorporated in Kings Canyon National Park in 1940, Big Stump Basin was not included until 1965. An abundance of birds and small animals greet you along this trail, even though it is quite close to California Highway 180."

"Experience a bit of history on this 2-mile loop, which provides a glimpse into the misguided ethic of the bygone era of the late 1800s, when resources in the western forests seemed inexhaustible. Loggers and timber companies were drawn to the immense trees in the sequoia groves with the lure of jobs and big-time profits.

Although the wood from the sequoias would eventually prove to be too brittle for most commercial applications, nearly every tree in the Big Stump Grove was sacrificed. Modern-day visitors will bear witness to the results: Countless giant stumps are a vivid reminder of an era’s short-sightedness. Unfortunately, what would have been one of the region’s most impressive giant sequoia groves is instead a graveyard of fallen monarchs."

"Experience a slice of history on this loop, which exposes visitors to the ethic of a bygone era of the late 1800s, when resources in the western US seemed inexhaustible. Loggers were drawn to the sequoia groves with the lure of jobs and big-time profits. Although the lumber from sequoias eventually proved to be too brittle for commercial applications, just about every Big Tree in this grove was sacrificed. Modern-day visitors will bear witness to the results: Countless giant stumps are a vivid reminder of shortsightedness. What could have been one of the most impressive groves of sequoias is instead a graveyard of fallen monarchs."

"The Big Stump Basin was logged for timber in the 1880s. These stumps are massive. The hike loops through the gutted grove past a continuous series of stunning stumps, standing giant sequoias and the lumber mill site with piles of 100-year-old sawdust."

"This interpretive trail takes you through an area that was heavily logged in the 1880s. The stumps and fallen trees now serve as a reminder of how important it is to protect our environment. Although General Grant National Park was established in 1890 and"

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Kings Canyon National Park
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Kings Canyon National Park
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Kid-friendly
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Jun 2018