Muir Grove Trail

Sequoia National Park, California

Elevation Gain1,075ft
Trailhead Elevation6,696ft
Elevation Min/Max6575/6864ft
Elevation Start/End6696/6696ft
Muir Grove Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 6,696 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,075 feet. Near the trailhead there is an information guidepost. Along the trail there are a viewpoint and a tree. The trail ends near the Muir Grove (elevation 6,804 feet) wood.

Muir Grove Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Off the beaten path and tucked away from hordes of tourists who frequent the more popular groves of giant sequoias, Muir Grove is a rare gem. The nearly 1-mile drive from the Generals Highway, when combined with the 2-mile hike to the grove, seems enough of a deterrent to keep the crowds at bay and allows hikers the opportunity to stand among
the Big Trees with a strong possibility for peace and
serenity. John Muir should be pleased to have his name attached to this quiet grove of stately trees."

"This hike takes you to a less frequently visited sequoia grove, with views of Big Baldy and Chimney Rock along the way.
The trail leads into the forest and curves west, traveling above the campground. Descend a switchback, meeting a north-trending trail leading to Dorst Creek at 0.1 mile.

Follow the fork to the left (west), the signed Muir Trail, around a fern-filled meadow on your right (north). The trail travels through a thick fir forest, and you may hear the peaceful song of the hermit thrush. Pass over granite slabs and step over another tributary at 0.6 mile before coming to a trail fork."

"This hike takes you to a less frequently visited sequoia grove, with views of Big Baldy and Chimney Rock along the way."

"A rare gem, Muir Grove is tucked away from the hordes of tourists who frequent the more popular giant sequoia groves. The 1-mile drive from the Generals Highway through Dorst Campground, combined with the 2-mile hike to the grove seems enough to deter the general public, allowing willing hikers to stand among the Big Trees in relative seclusion. If John Muir himself were still alive to see the natural features bearing his name, he almost certainly would enjoy the peace and quiet of this grove of stately trees."

"Muir Grove is an undisturbed grove of giant sequoias in a pristine forest away from the crowds. The trailhead is in Dorst Campground. The path to the secluded grove follows a beautiful fern-filled forest of red fir, white fir, cedar and sugar pine trees. There are several stream crossings and a vista overlook."

Muir Grove Trail Reviews

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This Falcon guide is the most detailed and comprehensive of the field guides for this trail. Dorst campground was closed when we went, so that added 2 miles to the total round trip as we had to park along the General's highway. The footbridge at the trailhead was broken in half, so we had to clamber along the bridge ruins. An alternate path to the trail we found later was from the group loop at Dorst. We were the only ones on the trail that day. Four treefalls blocked the trail, resulting in climbing over or under the trees. Hopefully, the rangers will have responded to our report by the time of this writing. The grove is indeed spectacular, and we had it all to ourselves. A mother bear and her cubs were spied upon our return to our car via Dorst campground, but mother bear seem uninterested in our passing by.
Nice day hike trail for the family. Low traffic trail with a chance to see some wildlife.

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Trail Information

Sequoia National Park
Nearby City
Sequoia National Park

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Jun 2018