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Heaps Peak Arboretum Sequoia Loop

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A short, easy loop trail featuring a sequoia grove, picnic area, and educational info.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Loop

5,999' 1,828 m

High

5,926' 1,806 m

Low

88' 27 m

Up

88' 27 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A short hike that is accessible to all. Lots of learning opportunities about the local ecosystem.

A Forest Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead.

Overview

This short nature loop is accessible to users of all abilities. Enjoy the interpretive trail and and learn about the local flora and ecosystem. A trail guide can be found at a box on the kiosk near the trailhead.

Need to Know

A Forest Adventure Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Passes are available at all US Forest Service ranger stations, visitor centers, and some local outfitters.

Description

The Sequoia Trail at the Arboretum is a 0.7 mile loop that hikers can travel in either direction, though clockwise is suggested if one wants to follow along with the guide. Trail guides can usually be found at a kiosk near the trailhead. The loop takes hikers through meadows, over creeks, and through groves of various pine trees including Giant Sequoia.

The Sequoia Trail is very well-marked and maintained, so one should not worry about becoming lost. Markers along the way correspond to entries in the trail guide which teaches visitors about the local plants, trees, and ecosystem. About halfway through the loop is a very short spur trail that leads to Horseshoe Spring. Benches located at various locations along the trail offer great spots to relax and take in the sights and sounds of nature.

Flora & Fauna

Varied groves of pine trees including Giant Sequoia. Wildflowers bloom across the meadows and clearings in the spring. Many species of birds, reptiles, and mammals can be seen in the area.

History & Background

The Heaps Peak Arboretum rests just above the site where pioneer Fred Heaps established a ranch in the late 1800s. Learn more about the history of Heaps Peak here: heapspeakarboretum.com/hist…

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Ryan Dunn

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  4.6 from 5 votes

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Sign Marking the Heaps Peak Arboretum
Dec 26, 2017 near Lake Ar…, CA

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Aug 1, 2020
Mary Blevins
Oct 5, 2018
Brett Watson
Beautiful little hike
Aug 25, 2018
Daniel Moses
Apr 7, 2018
Samantha Pedregon
Jul 30, 2017
Ryan Dunn
Very short hike. Great spot for a picnic. 1mi — 1h 00m