Trail of 100 Giants Opens with new Boardwalk
September 28th, 2016 by Eric Mart
SPRINGVILLE, California, September 27, 2016 –The Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument celebrated the completion of the new boardwalk at the Trail of 100 Giants in a ribbon cutting ceremony held September 21, 2016. “We are proud to announce the entire re-opening of Trail of 100 Giants,” stated District Ranger Eric LaPrice. “Now everyone can enjoy the Trail again, including those with disabilities that impair mobility.”
District Ranger Eric LaPrice (left) and Eric Mart, representing Forest concessionaire California Land Management enjoy their first walk across the newly completed boardwalk.
The Trail of 100 Giants is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The trail is a universally accessible, self-guided interpretive trail about 1.3 miles long. Interpretive stations along the trail provide information about it, the grove, and management activities in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. On April 15, 2000, President William J. Clinton proclaimed the establishment of the Giant Sequoia National Monument and made his announcement beneath one of the giant trees at Trail of 100 Giants.
Trail of 100 Giants is located within the Long Meadow giant sequoia grove, one of the most southern groves where giant sequoias are found. The grove contains approximately 125 giant sequoias greater than 10 feet in diameter and more than 700 giant sequoias less than 10 feet in diameter. The largest tree in the grove has a diameter of 20 feet and is 220 feet in height. The grove defined by the outermost giant sequoia trees covers 341 acres. It is estimated the age of the larger trees in the grove range between 500 and 1,500 years old.