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Calaveras Big Tree State Park is home to Sierra redwoods (also known as Giant Sequoias), the largest living entities on the planet. One can only be humbled in their presence. Looming more than 250-feet tall, with a diameter of 30 feet, Sierra redwoods can live over 3,000 years. Take a guided or self-guided hike along the easy 1.5-mile North Grove Trail or walk among giants on the 5-mile South Grove Trail which passes the Agassiz Tree and the Palace Hotel Tree, the parks two largest trees. The iconic Pioneer Cabin Tree, also known as the “Tunnel Tree”, sadly fell in a storm on Jan. 8, 2017. Explore other highlights such as the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, the Lava Bluff Trail and Bradley Trail. Stop at the Calaveras Big Trees Visitor Center for information, museum exhibits, guided hikes and educational programs. In winter, enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snow-play, then cozy up at the Warming Hut open weekends until late March. Make it an overnight with a cabin rental or camping. All California State Parks have an entrance fee.
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