Hike the South Grove Trail in Big Trees SP

Rate this Adventure Yosemite South Grove Trailhead

Added by Jake Young

The South Grove not only holds over 1000 mature sequoias, but also houses the largest tree in the park, the Agassiz Tree.  

The South Grove Trail of Calaveras Big Trees State Park sees far less traffic than the North Grove due to its increased mileage and distance from the park entrance. 

The trail starts at the South Grove Trail head which is located nine miles east of the entrance on the main park road. The trailhead has bathrooms, but no running water. 

From the trailhead, head south for approximately 1.5 miles until you reach the start of the loop trail. The trail then gently gains elevation as it meanders through the grove of giant trees. After about one mile, there is a spur trail that leads to the Agassiz tree, the biggest tree in the park. This spur trail makes the total mileage of the hike 5 miles. 

Off trail hiking in this area is permitted, but make sure to minimize your impact as much as possible. 

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Food and Water
  • Photography Gear 
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Activities:

Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

560 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Added by Jake Young

Adventurer, Photographer, Impact Investor. I work with companies that want to have a positive impact on the world around them.

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