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Loop Trail

Seasonal Creek

Length
1.8 Miles

Elevation Gain
236 ft

Style of Route
Loop

Enjoy a short hike to arrive at the “Big Stump”, which is all that remains of the 1300 year old Mark Twain tree, felled in 1891. It took loggers a whopping 8 days of sawing to cut it down. Climb up on top of the stump, and snap a great photo!

Begin the hike at the Big Stump Picnic Area, near the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park and look for the signs directing you to Big Stump Loop. The full loop is approximately 1.8 miles, and fairly easy terrain. However, you may choose to simply walk out and back to visit the stump itself, which would be a bit shorter.

Note to Parents: May to October, this is the perfect hiking opportunity for families, with children of all ages, as it is relatively short walk to the stump itself and not very steep. The stump is fun for children to view and interact with and there are several other large sequoia remnants to enjoy along the way! In the winter months, the snow is prohibitive unless your child is an experienced with snow-shoes.

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Pets are allowed inside the National Forest but NOT inside the National Parks

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    Q Who cut the Mark Twain Tree down?

    The US Army cut down this sequoia so it could be displayed to astonished crowds in New York and London. Many people simply didn't believe trees could grow so large.

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