Thing to Do

Watch Park Wildlife

Marmot. Photo by Donald Quintana

Park wildlife are often seen along the Big Trees Trail, an easy and accessible path that starts at Giant Forest Museum and takes you around a meadow lined with mature sequoias. The trail circles Round Meadow and includes outdoor exhibits describing sequoia ecology. As you walk, keep an eye out for black bears, deer, and a variety of birds in the lush meadow. It is also an excellent place to look for insects like butterflies, dragonflies, and beetles. Many benches line the trail, so you might have a seat and enjoy the view. Consider bringing a camera or binoculars to see if you can spot animal activity deep within the meadow. As a bonus, the Big Trees Trail is one of the best places to see wildflowers in spring and summer. After finishing the loop around the meadow, head back to the museum for a total of a 1-mile hike (1.6 km). 

Wildlife Watching
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Trail is not always clear of snow in winter season.
Time of Day
Day, Dawn, Dusk
Accessibility Information

The Big Trees Trail is an accessible trail. For more information, please visit the Giant Forest and Lodgepole Area Accessible Features webpage. 

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Last updated: July 31, 2020