On Friday, September 30th, two giant sequoia trees fell side by side across the Trail of 100 Giants, a popular recreation site in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. The Trail was immediately closed for public safety, and is expected to remain closed for a couple of weeks while Forest officials assess hazards from over head that might fall on someone.
Forest officials have scheduled a public meeting on Saturday October 22nd to invite people to look at the downed trees, assess for themselves the situation, and discuss their thoughts on what can be done to restore the Trail of 100 Giants. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot; located along the Western Divide Highway (107) please plan for winter weather.
From Porterville, take Highway 190 east through Springville. 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.
From Kernville, take Mountain Road 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. 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 Workcenter 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.
We realize this is an inconvenience to our visitors and the businesses they support and the need to expedite the process to have this recreational opportunity available to the public as soon as possible. For latest information please contact the Western Divide Ranger District at 559-539-2607 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.