Big Stump Basin, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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  • Although not as grand and impressive, it offers a interesting contrast to the General Grant Tree. A few miles prior to Grant Grove Village is a turnoff into a decent sized parking lot. From there... 
    Although not as grand and impressive, it offers a interesting contrast to the General Grant Tree. A few miles prior to Grant Grove Village is a turnoff into a decent sized parking lot. From there...  more »
  • We wanted to see the Mark Twain stump and were amazed. The stumps in that area were huge - 24’ across. This is a fairly easy trail that should be considered family friendly. If you go in the summer.....  more
    We wanted to see the Mark Twain stump and were amazed. The stumps in that area were huge - 24’ across. This is a fairly easy trail that should be considered family friendly. If you go in the summer.....  more »
  • Don't go looking for the Big Stump once you are on the trail, because the sign on the trail refers to the stump as Mark Twain. But there is no warning and you could wander for hours looking for Big.....  more
    Don't go looking for the Big Stump once you are on the trail, because the sign on the trail refers to the stump as Mark Twain. But there is no warning and you could wander for hours looking for Big.....  more »
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  • Big Stump grove is a few miles outside of the Grant Grove Village on Hwy 180. Here you will find a fair sized carpark, picnic tables, bathrooms and two mile loop trail leading to the meadow where you will see quite a few giant sequoia stumps, the result of logging in the late 19th century. We walked the trail in April. Much of it was not yet cleared of fallen trees from the winter season and certain sections still under snow. We walked all the way to the Mark Twain tree, which is a giant stump with a staircase, allowing you to climb to the levelled trunk of the old tree to better experience its size. At this point, snowmelt had caused a stream to run through the meadow cutting us off from the rest of this loop trail. So we turned and went back to the carpark. In the end, sort of sad seeing so many massive tree stumps and reading the information panels describing logging in the area. What a shame to have lost the majority of the grove of sequoias here. We were happy to see a few survivors of the logging era amongst the forest during our hike here.
  • The trail head is at the picnic area. Nice short hike around a meadow that was the former Smith Comstock Mill. We scared some mule deer so if you are quieter than my kids you might get to see some wildlife there!
  • Great to see and get up close to some huge sequoia stumps. You can even climb some of them to see what they look like on the inside. For me it was better than the General Sherman Trail, because those trees are all fenced and there are a lot a people all around you, while we’ve been completely alone on the Big Stump Trail.
  • Not a long walk but many big stumps along the way. Was able to tell which was the real big stump only from reviews here (it has stairs). It's really old now and has a big hole in the middle.
  • Beautiful!!! Perfect hike for mykids!!

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