North Grove Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike takes you through the northern portion of the General Grant Grove, past an old logging camp road and to the overlook of a beautiful lake."
--Laurel Scheidt, Best Easy Day Hikes: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"A fairly short trail leads away from the usual hubbub around General Grant Tree and heads down into a more secluded grove of the Big Trees. The route starts by following a paved section of the road that once served as the main entrance into the park from Sequoia Lake. These days, the cars are gone and so are most of the tourists, allowing hikers to visit these sequoias with a higher dose of solitude. Adding the nearby Dead Giant Loop easily creates a longer trip than the one described here.Trails in this area are usually free of snow from late May until the first major snowfall in autumn, usually by November. Wildflowers reach the peak of bloom in late spring and early summer; watch for the crescendo of autumn color in mid- to late October."
--Mike White, Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press).
"The North Grove Loop Trail begins at the Grant Tree parking area and follows an unpaved road through the forest. The trail loops through groves of giant sequoias, white fir, sugar pines and dogwood. At the north end of the loop is an old logging road that was used by wagons in the late 1800s."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Day Hike Books).
"A reasonably short trail leads hikers away from the hubbub surrounding General Grant Tree down into the secluded North Grove of giant sequoias. Initially, the route follows a paved road that once served as the main entrance into the park from Sequoia Lake. Nowadays, the cars are gone and so are the majority of tourists. Those with extra time and energy could easily add the 0.75-mile Dead Giant Loop or the much longer Sunset Loop to this trip."
--Mike White, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press).
"This hike takes you through the northern portion of the General Grant Grove, past an old road leading to a former logging camp, and to an overlook of a beautiful lake. This trail was involved in the Rough Fire in 2015. The area may be closed for a year or more while reforestation and reconstruction takes place. Bear in mind that reforestation will take some time and the landscape will look different from the trail description for quite a while.From the gate, follow the closed road, which is also part of the Sunset Trail, downhill through the dappled light of the shady forest. At 0.1 mile you reach the first junction and take the right (northwest) fork onto the North Grove Trail. The wide path winds through numerous sequoias while continuing to descend."
--Laurel Scheidt, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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