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Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA

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Bumpy ride but you escape the crowds

It's roughly two miles from the pavement to the stumps and it can be a BUMPY ride...if you have a low clearance car you might not make it...you don't need 4x4 though. It's a cool... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Austin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's roughly two miles from the pavement to the stumps and it can be a BUMPY ride...if you have a low clearance car you might not make it...you don't need 4x4 though. It's a cool field and you can explore on your own because most people won't come out this far. There is no real parking lot so come prepared... More 

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Palestinian Territories
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I had two exchange students from France with me and we hiked this trail. It had everything, a meadow, Big Trees, history... This trail is right near the entrance so you don't have to fight traffic and is great if your time is limited. I want to hike it again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

A beautiful loop through a meadow and former lumber mill site the size of the stumps that dot the trail are amazing, as are the giants still standing. You can see multiple examples of where loggers began to cut down a tree at the base and either had to move up higher on the tree where it was not as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

While the living towering Sequoias in the National Park are the main draw, this meadow full of giant tree stumps left over from the logging days in the late 1880s are equally dramatic. Don't miss it!

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Thank Noah U
Williamsport, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

All over the park, you will walk among standing trees. Here you have a chance to see the very large stumps left behind by logging. It provides a very different perspective (and great photos opportunities). Easy walk which takes about an hour or so.

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Cheshire UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Having visited the more touristy,bigger sights around Sequoia we stopped off on our way back in the evening at the Big Stump Basin trail. It's a mile plus trail through the forest that has some giant trees but is perhaps more spectacular for the stumps of fallen giants which are evidence of the early logging of these magnificent tress before... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

It is both amazing and tragic to see the stumps of some of the worlds largest trees. Especially when you discover that the sequoia wood is rather brittle and turned out not to be much use for construction, but got used for making roofing shingles. Still, the basin is starting to regenerate after a hundred years - only another 3000... More 

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Lahti, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

when you are in the big stump basin , your thoughts have to be why and what were these morons thinking ? the huge stumps cut down will never go away . the past comes very real as these trees were cut down for the wrong reasons ......they couldn't use the cuttings for anything sequoias are not for lumber or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

That's what our teens called it! It was astounding to see the size of the trees that were taken down so long ago...imagine how big they would be now! There were a lot of bees on the trail... They did not bother us but wow the buzz was loud!!

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Thank Kruiz90
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Anyone who loves nature and believes in conservation will love this walk. It highlights some of the trees once logged and here we are decades later still enjoying large trees which have sprung up since the park was formed. Mother Nature cannot be contained.

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