Big Trees Nature Trail

Area Status: Open

The Big Trees Nature Trail is a 1/2-mile loop through the northern-most grove of giant sequoias. The Big Trees Picnic Area is located near the trailhead. The trail is open for hiking only - no equestrian, bicycle, or motorized use is allowed.

An interpretive brochure is available to make your self-guided tour more enjoyable.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Access routes still wet/muddy. Access only from Foresthill Rd or 11 Pines, Mosquito Ridge Rd closed. NO WATER SERVICES
Open Season: May
Usage: Medium
Best Season: June - September
Closest Towns: Foresthill, CA
Water: Piped water at trailhead
Restroom: Flush toilets at trailhead
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For more information, follow this link to a brochure on trails. 

General Information


From Foresthill, take the Mosquito Ridge Road (Road 96) approximately 24 miles to the Placer Big Trees turnoff, and turn right. The picnic area and trailhead are one half mile from this turn.

General Notes:

NOTE: Water is often not available along the route.  Only water from developed systems at recreation sites is maintained safe to drink.  Open water sources are easily contaminated by human or animal waste.  Water from springs, lakes, ponds, and streams should be properly treated before drinking.  You may wish to carry water with you.  Another method of treatment is to use a backpacker’s water filter.  However, the best way is to bring to water to a full boil for 5 minutes.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

The Forest View Trail intersects with the Big Trees Trail, providing opportunity for a longer loop, with a total mileage of about one and a half miles and an easy-to-intermediate difficulty level.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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