Sequoia National Forest
Northern Portion - Hume Lake Ranger District
The Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are named for the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree. The landscape is as spectacular as its 33 groves of giant sequoia. Majestic granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, running whitewater, and lush meadows await your discovery at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
If the land could speak, it would tell a history of Native American villages, settlers' cabins, mining towns, cattle ranches, gold prospering, lumber camps, redwood logging, early day resorts, mineral springs and much more. The rich and varied landscape of the monument holds a diverse array of scientific and historic resources. Magnificent groves of towering giant sequoias are nested within a great belt of coniferous forest, jeweled with mountain meadows. The spectrum of ecosystems is home to a diverse array of plants and animals, many endemic to the soutern Sierra Nevada. The monument embraces limestone caverns and paleontological resources, documenting tens of thousands of years of ecosystem change.
Northern Portion: There are 13 giant sequoia groves located on the Hume Lake Ranger District, east of Fresno, California. Nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks also manage sequoia groves with similar practices for their protection.
Featured here are three outstanding destinations to visit in the giant sequoia groves; the historic Converse Basin Grove, one of the largest groves where in the late 1800s, privately owned logging operations took place. In this grove you can see the Boole Tree, the largest giant sequoia tree in the national forests, hike the 2.5 mile loop trail, discover stump meadow and the famous Chicago Stump. Also plan to visit the Indian Basin Grove and experience the beauty this grove offers with a campground and nearby interpretive hiking trails. All three adventures are close to one another.
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Point of Interest:
Kings River & Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
Buck Rock Lookout
Last Modified: July 7, 2010