Southern Sierra is, without a doubt, one of the top places to go if you’re looking for the ultimate outdoor adventure and up close encounter with nature. A sub-region of the great Sierra Nevada mountain range, it’s home to rivers, lakes, forests, waterfalls, hills, and valleys that showcase spectacular views and offer one amazing adventure after another.
Giant Sequoia National Monument
Outside of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the 328,315-acre Giant Sequoia National Monument is where you’ll find groves of giant sequoias in Southern Sierra. This area has, in fact, the largest concentration of giant sequoia groves in the world.
Part of the Sequoia National Forest, the Monument is managed by the US Forest Service, which imposes less strict regulations than the National Park Service. You can bring your dogs – something you can’t do at the national parks – and camp practically anywhere.
All around the vast forest are miles of trails and a host of camping facilities. The destinations you shouldn’t miss include:
- Belknap Grove
This popular camping destination is made up of several smaller groves, including McIntyre Grove, Wheel Meadow Grove, and Bear Creek Grove. Trails that run along Bear Creek and the Tule River feature age-old sequoias and other ancient trees.
- Trail of 100 Giants
Easily accessible from the Western Divide Highway, this self-guided, moderate trail is about 1.3 miles long. It features giant sequoias and loop options along Long Meadow Grove.
- Freeman Creek Grove
The largest unlogged grove outside of the national parks is home to some of the most recent giant sequoias, including the President George H.W. Bush Tree.
- Alder Creek Grove
This grove is best known as the home of the Stagg Tree, the fifth largest tree in the world that’s said to be more than 3,000 years old. The tree features a fascinating hollow room near the top.
The Sequoia National Forest
The Sequoia National Forest encompasses an area of around 1.2 million acres in the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
In addition to the Giant Sequoia National Monument, other attractions in this vast forest include:
- The Needles
The Needles is a series of granite rock formations that can be reached through a trail winding through a conifer forest.
- Jordan Peak Lookout Trail
This popular trail is found north of Camp Nelson and offers a quick hike to the summit of Jordan Peak. At the top, you’ll be rewarded by stunning 360-views of the surrounding mountains, including Slate Mountain, Mule Peak, and Moses Mountain.
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