Trail Of 100 Giants Trail (Long Meadow Grove)

  

Spots of sunlight dot the paved trail as it winds through shady giant sequoia trees.

Trail of 100 Giants is an easy, accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove, one of the premier groves of giant sequoias. The grove showcases monarchs estimated to be up to 1,500 years old. About 1.3 miles of paved trail offers several loop options with interpretive signs. Located on the Western Divide Highway (107), facilities include a paved parking area,  restrooms,  picnic area and campground nearby.  A $5.00 per vehicle fee is
charged to help maintain and improve these facilities. 
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 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.  The grove defined by the outermost giant sequoia trees covers 341 acres.  It is estimated that the ages of larger giant sequoia trees in the grove are up to 1,500 years old.
A notable site along the Trail is where the two giant sequoias fell on Friday September 30, 2011.  The two trees had grown together at the base, appearing as one for approximately 30 feet.  Specialists visited the site and did not find evidence of insects or disease contributing to the fall of the two giant sequoias.  Streams run alongside where the giant sequoias once stood, and with the wet winter of 2010-2011, the ground could have been saturated and gave way to the weight of the trees.  Visitors were on site when the trees fell and observed neither high winds nor any other external forces that may have contributed to the trees falling.  No person was injured; however a bridge, interpretive signs, a bench, and the trail itself were destroyed by the trees falling on them. 
To fully reopen the Trail loop to everyone, Forest Officials are planning to build an accessible boardwalk that connects the trail from the remaining northern-most bridge on the south side of the fallen sequoias, to the existing trail on the east-side.  The boardwalk will run parallel to, and approximately five feet away from, the fallen sequoias to avoid damage to the trail from the natural process of decomposition, including sloughing bark.  The support beams under the boardwalk will span approximately eight feet to support a five foot wide path with hand railings.  The boardwalk will be elevated off the ground approximately five feet, and be constructed from wood or materials resembling wood, construction is expected to begin in the Summer 2013. 
This trail is ONLY accessible by road during the summer months, weather depending, due to annual closures by Tulare County. The trail is located on Western Divide Highway (107) across the road from Redwood Meadow Campground and Trail of 100 Giants parking area.  The trail is about 45 miles northwest of Kernville, 41 miles southeast of Springville, and 15 miles northeast of California Hot Springs.
 

At a Glance

Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: 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.

General Information

Accessibility:

This gentle trail (6% maximum grade) is paved and suitable for wheel chairs.


General Notes:

Handouts: 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)

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

Elevation: 6,400 feet
Difficulty (hiking):  Easy - 30 minutes
Facilities: Available at Redwood Meadow Campground

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!


Directions:

From Kernville, take County Mtn. 99 22 miles north to Johnsondale. Continue west on Mtn. 50  7 miles to 107 and turn right (north). Travel 2-1/2 miles to Trail of 100 Giants parking area or Redwood Meadow Campground.  Travel time is about 1-1/2 hrs.
From Bakersfield, take Hwy 65 north to Avenue 56 and turn east to Ducor and Fountain Springs. At Fountain Springs continue straight on M56 through California Hot Springs. Pass the Hot Springs Ranger Station and continue up the mountain stopping at the intersection of 107 approximately one mile beyond Parker Pass. Turn left (north) on 107 and drive 2-1/2 miles.  Travel time is about 1-1/2 hrs.
From Porterville, take Hwy 190 east through Springville (you will pass the Western Divide Ranger Station).  Hwy 190 will turn into Western Divide Highway near Quaking Aspen, and head south.  From Quaking Aspen, the driving distance is about 13 miles.  Travel time from Springville is about 1-1/2 hrs.
 


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  1.3 miles