Colony Mill Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 5,343 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,337 feet.
Colony Mill Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Modern-day hikers can enjoy a dose of history along the Colony Mill Road, while experiencing fine views and the diverse foliage of the foothills zone. Chaparral, woodland, and riparian flora provide plenty of vegetative diversity over the first 6.5 miles of trail before entering the starkly contrasting mixed coniferous forest belt below the ranger station. The low elevation provides fine early and late season hiking; scorching daytime temperatures are common during the summer. Spring is possibly the best time for a visit, when colorful wildflowers are in bloom. Plan for a short stop at the historic Kaweah Post Office on the way to the trailhead."
--Mike White, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press).
"History buffs and solitude seekers will reap big rewards on this short hike to the Colony Mill Ranger Station. From 1886 to 1890, as part of their dream of a utopian society, the Kaweah colonists hand built the Colony Mill Road through the rugged western hills of Sequoia. Modern- day hikers can walk a portion of the old road, still in remarkably good condition, from Crystal Cave Road to the ranger station near the site of an old mill."
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