Calaveras Big Trees State Park


Where? : Located on hwy 4, 23 miles northeast of Angels-Camp.

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What? : Calaveras Big Trees State Park preserves two groves of giant sequoias.


When? : The park is covered with snow during winter so check weather and driving conditions in advance.


Due note: It can be busy during holidays and weekends at mid-day, so try to come early.


My thoughts: Nice park with large sequoias trees, not as large or impressive as in sequoia king’s canyon national park but still impressively big trees and nice easy hikes in the grove.


The visit:

This is a nice state park with relatively easy hikes that can fit also kids.

We visit this park during Thanksgiving weekend and although there was no snow at all (2020) the south section of the park was already close for the winter, so we hiked only at the north grove.

From the parking lot and the small visitor center take the easy 1.5 miles trail that will take you inside the north grove.

You can buy a 50c booklet that will guide you through the trail and will give you explanations at the marked stopping points.

You can also take the grove overlook trail, but I recommend doing the grove loop because it goes near the large sequoias.


Unfortunately, during Thanksgiving weekend, the park is already in it winter season work-mode (no matter that there was no snow) so the main road that is leading into the park is close.

Because the road was close, we did not visit the South Grove, a five-mile hiking trip through a spectacular grove of giant sequoias in their natural setting.


There are several other hiking options within the large park, but we did not explore any of them.