BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On a new episode of Tori's Trails we took a journey to one of the most popular tourist attractions just north of Kern County.
The Trail of 100 Giants is a short one point three mile trail loop just north of Kernville that people travel to from all over the world. While Tori was there people from South Korea, Denver, Colorado and Missouri were all enjoying the unique trek.
The Trail of 100 Giants is a place where prehistoric life thrives and giant sequoia trees illustrate at least 1500 years of time, rooted in the Sequoia National Forest.
These giant trees are also known for being some of the largest in the world, according to the U.S. Forest Service and over 125 of them live only two hours away from Bakersfield. However, people from all over the world travel to the Long Meadow Grove just to be immersed in their home, "This is the number one place in the world," one man from South Korea said.
This national monument area is made up over 300 acres of forest land where the giant sequoias tower over you but still leave room for you to walk around them or even inside them. Over time some of them have fallen down including one tree that toppled over in 2011 and now has a bridge right next to it. Many also still stand tall and often times grow together.
Visitors said that the wheel chair accessible paved path is made for a peaceful journey for just about anyone, "It's really accessible to come get out in nature, It's nice I listened to music, did some reading, walking, running everything," Adam Valeruz of Denver Colorado said.
Visitors like Valeruz also camp right across the street at the Redwood Meadow Campground, "I had a nice fire, I cooked for myself," Valeruz said.
Unfortunately, some of the signage over time has been ruined and is taking away from the experience for new visitors like Valeruz, "I saw some people scratching out pieces of the templates. Wish they wouldn't do that it's definitely not the place." On the other hand the trees themselves have proven to be able to stand the test of time.
The trail of 100 Giants is a great place to get away for some peace and quiet and the entire trek only took Tori an hour and 15 minutes. Make sure if you decide to visit that you stay on the trail and leave this historical monument the way you found it.
Directions from Kernville from U.S. Forest Service Website:
Take County Mtn. 99 22 miles north to Johnsondale. Continue west on Mtn. 50 7 miles to 107 and turn right (north). Travel 2-1/2 miles to Trail of 100 Giants parking area or Redwood Meadow Campground. Travel time is about 1-1/2 hrs.
From Bakersfield, take Hwy 65 north to Avenue 56 and turn east to Ducor and Fountain Springs. At Fountain Springs continue straight on M56 through California Hot Springs. Pass the Hot Springs Ranger Station and continue up the mountain stopping at the intersection of 107 approximately one mile beyond Parker Pass. Turn left (north) on 107 and drive 2-1/2 miles. Travel time is about 1-1/2 hrs.
From Porterville, take Hwy 190 east through Springville (you will pass the Western Divide Ranger Station). Hwy 190 will turn into Western Divide Highway near Quaking Aspen, and head south. From Quaking Aspen, the driving distance is about 13 miles. Travel time from Springville is about 1-1/2 hrs