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1839 S. Newcomb
Porterville, CA 93257

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Come Visit 6 Exciting Giant Sequoia Groves!

Northern Portion

Indian Basin Grove & Princess Campground)

Converse Basin Grove a look back at history

Boole Tree The largest giant sequoia tree

Southern Portion

Belknap Grove easy access year round

Trail of 100 Giants walk and learn about giant sequoias. Accessible for all!

Freeman Creek Grove Awe inspiring!

Giant Sequoia Grove Map (PDF 1.8MB)
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Long Meadow Grove - Trail of 100 Giants

Trail of 100 GiantsHandouts: Long Meadow Grove (PDF - 196k)
Trail of 100 Giants (PDF - 237k)
Trail of 100 Giants Interpretive Tour Guide (PDF - 100k)
Trail of 100 Giants Map (PDF - 287k)

Long Meadow Grove (341 acres) offers a spectacular hike at the Trail of 100 Giants, a mile-long fully accessible interpretive trail. On April 15, 2000, President William J. Clinton proclaimed the establishment of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and made his announcement beneath one of the giant trees at the Trail of 100 Giants.

The grove has sequoias occurring on considerably less acreage as there are several pockets of mixed conifers without sequoias in them. The grove is primarily on the west side of the road and directly across the road from Redwood Meadow Campground. The grove contains approximately 125 giant sequoias greater than 10 feet in diameter, and more than 700 giant sequoias less than 10 feet in diameter. The largest tree in the grove has a diameter of 20 feet and is 220 feet in height. It is estimated that the ages of the larger giant sequoia trees in the grove are up to 1,500 years old.

Nearby Campgrounds: Redwood Meadow Campground (GPS NAD 83: 35.97778, -118.59167)

Season: May through October
Distance: 1/2 mile, round trip
Elevation: 6,400 feet
Difficulty (hiking): Easy - 30 minutes
Facilities: Available at Redwood Meadow Campground

Trail Of The 100 Giants: This gentle trail (6% maximum grade) is suitable for wheel chairs and loops its way through the grove. Many fine interpretive signs are found throughout. Hiking along the trail through the grove, you'll find mainly old sequoias. You will view a unique cedar and sequoia tree growing together, and a circle of five sequoias growing together. At each and every turn there are wonders to behold!

Map: View larger, printable map of the Trail of 100 Giants (PDF - 287k)

Trail of 100 Giants map
Map designed by Nancy Pengilly, Giant Sequoia National Monument Association

Recreation Opportunities nearby: Dome Rock (PDF - 93k), Needles Fire Lookout (PDF - 128k).

How to Get There: You can reach Long Meadow Grove from the San Joaquin Valley Highway 99 by taking State Highway 65 to County Route SM56 east about 20 miles to California Hot Springs. At California Hot Springs continue north and east on County Route SM50 (Parker Pass Road). This highway winds up into the mountains and intersects Western Divide Highway about 2 miles east of Parker Pass Turn left on SM99 to Trail of 100 Giants and Redwood Meadow Campground. Coming out of the Kern Valley, take Mountain 99 (County Route SM99) up the "Upper Kern" river about 20 miles to County Route SM50 near Johnsondale. Stay on SM99 for about 5.5 miles west of Johnsondale is the junction with Western Divide Highway (County Route SM107) near Parker Pass (right). Take Western Divide Highway about 2.0 miles to Redwood Meadow Campground and Trail of 100 Giants. It is best to visit in the summer when the road is open, or in the winter by snowmobile. The Grove is primarily located on the west side of the road, directly across from Redwood Meadow Campground.

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