Colony Mill Trail

Sequoia National Park, California

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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.
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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. This trail connects with the following: Admiration Point Trail.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Sequoia National Park
Distance: 10.2
Elevation Gain: 7,337 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 5,343 feet
Top Elevation: 5,773 feet
Parks: Sequoia National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2078/5773 ft
Elevation Start/End: 5343/5343 ft

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"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."

"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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Jun 2018