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Interesting hike with a lot of history

We were mostly looking for the Mark Twain stump but were in awe with the meadow and the history... read more

Reviewed today
Katadventure
via mobile
Good spot for picnic

We stopped for a lunch picnic and explored this area. Covered picnic spots are really nice on a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
mpsudame
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San Diego, California
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Reviewed today via mobile

We were mostly looking for the Mark Twain stump but were in awe with the meadow and the history behind the logging business that took place here.

Thank Katadventure
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for a lunch picnic and explored this area. Covered picnic spots are really nice on a windy cold day.

Thank mpsudame
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much more interesting than we thought this hike might be. Easy hike and thought provoking. Be sure to include the portion on the other side of the road at the Ranger Entrance Station.

Thank Al J
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We did the hike after visiting Grants' and Sherman. The chance to climb up onto the stump really gave us an idea of how massive these trees really are. Its an easy hike down, but we opted to walk out a different route. Try and...More

Thank objets
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

When you can walk up the stairs and then literally walk around on a stump you know the tree must have been huge. It was only when I was there that I realised I'd seen a cross section of this tree in the Natural History...More

Thank Goannas
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We did this hike after doing the Big Baldy Trail which was 5.5 miles. My kids were already tired before this hike began... ;). We came around 1pm on January 3rd and there were only 2 other cars in the entire lot. There are bathrooms...More

Thank Timothy Y
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

An easy walk, downhill from the car park (and uphill back of course) takes you to a tragic forestscape of massive old stumps. There are few Sequoia’s to see here now, alive anyway, but the many stumps make interesting and sobering viewing. The Mark Twain...More

Thank BadgerCT
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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We parked up and seemed to be amongst other confused people. There was a car park and a small entrance to a trail which was maybe a couple miles long. The journey there, I would say was much more enjoyable than the stump itself.

Thank abichloe1990
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

This a fun and educational hike. It is not difficult so the whole family can venture out on this one.

Thank Olivia089
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

This was my wife and kids (age 4-16) favorite hike, and a top 3 for me. This was a great hike because it was more than just looking at a grove of amazing Sequoia's. There is the Mark Twain stump that you can climb to...More

3  Thank n0ble220
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