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The Upper Natural Bridge Trail of Calaveras County

Vallecito, CA

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The Upper Natural Bridge Trail of Calaveras County is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Vallecito, California that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible from year-round.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: North Grove Trail
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46 Completed 8 Reviews

Beautiful and easy, stroller-friendly, self-guided nature trail. Took my 2 year old and she loved running down the wide trail and playing in and around the giant sequoias.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: South Grove Trail
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46 Completed 8 Reviews

A moderately easy, mostly shaded hike. I took my 2 year old who was in & out of the backpack and the trail was great for her. Bathrooms but no water at trail head so bring your own. From the trailhead at South Grove parking lot, you hike past a small meadow and cross a bridge over Beaver Creek (a great spot to cool off on the way back to the car). Hike gradually uphill until trail crosses a fire road. The loop begins shortly after this, and about a mile from where you begin. We went to the right and took the .5 mile spur trail to see the Agassiz Tree (biggest in the park) and it was well worth the extra distance.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: North Grove Trail
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13 Completed 6 Reviews

I'm not from around there which is such a same because i'd go hiking everyday if i lived around there. the scenic route is off the top amazing. so much better than hiking trails in my area. I ran into a black baby bear but it was harmless, just didn't have to bother it. It's nice and not crowded in the trail but of course it's a tourist park so the staging area is jam packed with people. I did 3 trails there, forgot which one they were but it took up my whole day. such a shame it was raining and cloudy though. made walking in the forrest a bit spooky. but when the sun came out for just a little bit, it was wonderfull because the trees provide so much shade! anwyays, i'm eventually going to go back and do more trails, when it's sunny!

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: North Grove Trail
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51 Completed 19 Reviews

Was joined by the slower part of my family on this flat, educational trail. Very crowded in the afternoon and also tinged with sadness at how easily humans can destroy something that's grown in one spot for thousands of years.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: South Grove Trail
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51 Completed 19 Reviews

Easy, peaceful stroll through the trees - take the right fork as you're headed in to see more of the giant sequoias. We stopped to observe the biggest tree at the end, but were almost instantly set upon by swarms of mosquitos so bug spray may be advised.

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51 Completed 19 Reviews

This short hike is definitely more about the destination than the journey, down to the most unique swimming hole I've ever encountered. It's a popular place, though not many were daring the numbingly cold water in the middle of the cave. It was worth the chill and kept me from overheating on the walk back up.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: North Grove Trail
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21 Completed 20 Reviews

Super easy walk through a short loop of Big Trees Park. This trail is wide, hard-packed dirt that is heavily used. Lots of great photo ops!

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2 Completed 3 Reviews

Went here last year with my boyfriend and his family! It was an easy "hike," more like a walk. There was 2 amazing caves on the opposite ends of each other, it just requires more exploring. Also, the water is super cold to swim in, so I'd bring a floaty next time!

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: South Grove Trail
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23 Completed 27 Reviews

Very beautiful, very easy stroll through the big trees!

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: South Grove Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I had a great time hiking this trail. The trail is well kept, safe, and beautiful. It is well worth it to go all the way to the end and enjoy the splendor of the biggest tree in the forest. I had a great time breathing in the fresh air and listening to the creek flow the whole time we were there. Don't forget your camera either. We will be going back for sure.

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