Sequoia’s Popular Trail of 100 Giants Closed Until 2012

Thursday, October 06 2011 23:00   California
The Trail of 100 Giants, Sequoia National Forest's popular recreation site, probably will remain closed all of this winter due to two huge sequoia trees that fell across the trail Sept. 30, 2011.

The trail was immediately closed for public safety, and no injuries were reported.

trailof100giants_3The Trail of 100 Giants was expected to remain closed for a couple of weeks while Forest officials assess hazards from over head that might fall on someone.

But according to a spokesperson for Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, the trail won't be ready for visitors until spring 2012 due to the size of the toppled trees that must be removed, damage to the trail and the approach of winter weather conditions.

Forest officials have scheduled a public meeting on Saturday Oct. 22, 2011 to invite people to look at the downed trees, assess for themselves the situation, and discuss their thoughts on what can be done to restore the Trail of 100 Giants.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot; located along the Western Divide Highway (107). The public is advised to plan for winter weather conditions.

Normally, trail of 100 Giants is an easy, accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove, one of the premier groves of giant sequoias. The grove showcases monarchs estimated to be up to 1,500 years old.

This trail is only accessible by road during the summer months (May 15-Nov. 15, weather depending) due to annual closures by Tulare County.

trailof100giants_2While the Trail of 100 Giants is closed, the Forest Service is encouraging the public to visit the lesser known areas within the Giant Sequoia National Monument to see the ancient trees.

Giant Sequoias can be seen in the Freeman Creek Grove along the Lloyd Meadow Road as well as many other locations.

According to the Forest Service, Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) grow only on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in California. The groves are scattered over a narrow 260-mile belt 15 miles wide between the elevations of 5,000 - 7,500 feet.

Related are the coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) which occupy two million acres of fog belt along the northern California coast.

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