Upper Colony Mill Trail

Three Rivers, California

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This trek follows the old dirt road that served as the entrance to Sequoia National Park and the Giant Forest before the completion of the Generals Highway in 1926. The old road/trail leads west for a short distance, then curves south, dropping slightly through dogwoods and a shady mixed forest. Wild iris sometimes springs up in the middle of the trail. The wide path curves toward the southeast, climbing gently below Colony Peak, and passes your return route at the trail fork at 1.4 miles—an overgrown road to the right (southwest). Go left (southeast). After crossing over a small ridge, the trail descends to Admiration Point. Below you is Marble Falls, though it may not be visible due to the brush growing wildly on the hillside below. To the east stands the Great Western Divide, with Moro Rock in the foreground. The trail leads west, through chamise, manzanita, and wildflowers in early summer.

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"This trek follows the old dirt road that served as the entrance to Sequoia National Park and the Giant Forest before the completion of the Generals Highway in 1926.

The old road/trail leads west for a short distance, then curves south, dropping slightly through dogwoods and a shady mixed forest. Wild iris sometimes springs up in the middle of the trail. The wide path curves toward the southeast, climbing gently below Colony Peak, and passes your return route at the trail fork at 1.4 miles—an overgrown road to the right (southwest). Go left (southeast). After crossing over a small ridge, the trail descends to Admiration Point. Below you is Marble Falls, though it may not be visible due to the brush growing wildly on the hillside below. To the east stands the Great Western Divide, with Moro Rock in the foreground. The trail leads west, through chamise, manzanita, and wildflowers in early summer."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Three Rivers
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Best May through June
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 5,750 feet
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Giant Forest

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Jun 2018