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.
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