Lower Colony Mill Trail

Three Rivers, California

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This route was forged by the Kaweah Colonists, a utopian socialist group intent on filing several claims to land in the Giant Forest. Built mainly with hand tools, this road led to a site near the old Colony Mill Ranger Station, where a portable sawmill was erected. In 1890, the establishment of Sequoia National Park thwarted the Colonists’ plans. Thirteen years later, the route was extended to the Giant Forest by the U.S. Cavalry and served as the first road into the park until 1926, when the Generals Highway opened. It is now used as a hiking trail.

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"This route was forged by the Kaweah Colonists, a utopian socialist group intent on filing several claims to land in the Giant Forest. Built mainly with hand tools, this road led to a site near the old Colony Mill Ranger Station, where a portable sawmill was erected.

In 1890, the establishment of Sequoia National Park thwarted the Colonists’ plans. Thirteen years later, the route was extended to the Giant Forest by the U.S. Cavalry and served as the first road into the park until 1926, when the Generals Highway opened. It is now used as a hiking trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Three Rivers
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours
Season: Best October through May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 3,400 feet
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Shadequarter Mountain, Giant Forest

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Jun 2018