Giant Sequoia National Monument - Trail of 100 Giants
California Travel Expert Veronica Hill offers a guide to Giant Sequoia National Monument in this episode of "California Travel Tips."
Located roughly 1 hour from Kernville in Sequoia National Park, on the steep and twisting Western Divide Highway, the Trail of 100 Giants was established by President Bill Clinton on April 15, 2000.
Giant sequoias are the largest trees on Earth, growing up to 311 feet tall and 56 feet wide. Some of the oldest trees date back approximately 4,000 years!
The roots of these trees are only 6 feet deep! Because of this, they are easily blown over during high winds.
The 1/2-mile paved trail is wheelchair accessible and takes roughly 1 hour to complete. Start your tour at Clinton's Proclamation Tree, then wind your way through Long Meadow Grove, which is home to 268 giant sequoias.
There are 13 stops along the trail, where you'll see a meadow of skunk cabbage, several running streams, and an abundance of bright green wolf lichen growing on the trees.
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