Trail of 100 Giants Reopens with New Boardwalk
September 9th, 2016 by Eric Mart
SPRINGVILLE, CA September 8, 2016 – The Sequoia National Forest is having a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, September 21st at the Trail of 100 Giants to celebrate its grand reopening with the newly completed boardwalk. The public is invited to join us in this celebration starting at 10:00 a.m. with a guided walk along the trail led by Western Divide District Ranger Eric LaPrice. Mr. LaPrice will discuss why the trail was temporarily closed and the work that was done to get it reopened.
Over the past several months, Forest personnel spent time felling many hazard trees and moving debris away from the trail. Many logs were chipped, moved to the campground for use by campers, or left for members of the public who obtained a personal use firewood permit. Some of the slash was piled and will be burned this fall. Much of the hand work was done by fire crews from all over the nation who were utilized while they were on standby for wildfire suppression activities.
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.