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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 1.5 mile out and back trail located near Vallecito, CA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: North Grove Trail
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Love this place the hike is beautiful and it's not too crowded. Love looking at all the big trees.

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Slickrock Trail
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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: South Grove Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I love to camp here and do all the trails. There is a hike for everyone from easy to strenuous. The trees, flora and fauna are a feast for my eyes and a balm for my heart. I would rate this particular hike as easy; as I've seen people from 3-80 enjoying it. The trip to the Agassiz Tree is well worth the extra steps. Definitely take extra water, bug repellent and a camera.

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Natural Bridges
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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: North Grove Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great little hike. Highly recommend going early before the guided hikes start. Most of the North Grove Trail is on a foot bridge and it's great for young kids and "mature" adults. If you have the time and want a little change (real little) take the trail to the south to the lookout view point. The trail to the lookout is a moderate climb uphill onto a paved drive for the last 200 meters. Pack a camera because the views are great. Was up on 11/21/2015 and the first snow was on the ground. The foot bridge was a little slippery, but once we got on the dirt, no problems.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: South Grove Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

It was a great little hike. Well maintained trails and bridges. They call this a moderate hike, but on a scale from 1 - 10 (1=easy and 10=very difficult) I would rate it at a 2.5 or 3. Great for people new to hiking, because it's not to long and not much elevation change and what elevation change there is is gradual.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park: North Grove Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

The sequoias are always so much more than a picture can capture. During a weekday the North Grove was quiet (except for a school group that met the other class halfway around). The loop is easy, peaceful, and very beautiful. On the weekend, of course, there are more families -- try the Grove Overlook Trail for a quieter experience (go up first if you want a little more challenge). Saw mule deer here on 11-7.

Another nice side-trip: take the River Trail just to the Scenic Outlook -- adds another 0.8 mile one way and maybe another 200 vertical feet.