Along the Hazelwood Nature Trail in November…

The Hazelwood Nature Trail is a gentle one-mile loop in Giant Forest, just east of the Giant Forest Museum. Look for a small parking area on the right, after passing the museum going east. The trail starts to the left of a small meadow, surrounded by several mature Giant Sequoia trees, pines and firs, along with small, gentle creek beds.

[all photos © Elsah Cort, taken in November of 2014]

photo © Elsah Cort

photo © Elsah Cort

There are several fallen trees along this trail.

photo © Elsah Cort
photo © Elsah Cort

Late fall is a wonderful time to see (and small) the forest floor strewn with leaves…

photo © Elsah Cort

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Contributor: Elsah Cort of Cort Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Soldiers Loop Trail in Giant Forest

The Soldiers Loop Trail intersects with the road to Crescent Meadow at Tunnel Log. As you drive to Crescent Meadow, park in the paved area just before Tunnel Log on the right. Across the road (before the bypass turnoff) look for a sign that says “Museum 1.6”. You can follow this trail all the way back to the Museum. It intersects with the Hazelwood Nature Trail as you get closer to the Generals Highway.  You can walk a short distance from Tunnel Log and see many beautiful Giant Sequoias.

Soldiers Loop Trail was originally built by the US Army, which oversaw the protection of the Park from 1891-1913. Read more about this historical time HERE. The full trail is a 4.6 mile loop, starting from the Giant Forest Museum, following along the Crescent Meadow Road to Moro Rock, then looping back past Tunnel Log through the heart of Giant Forest.

[all photos © Elsah Cort]

 

Trail in Giant Forest © Elsah Cort       Soldiers Loop Trail © Elsah Cort

Trail in Giant Forest © Elsah Cort

Some of the many Giant Sequoia Trees…

Dogwood Trees in Giant Forest © Elsah Cort

Fall colors from the Dogwood Trees…

Giant Forest © Elsah Cort

Dogwood color, Giant Forest © Elsah Cort

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Contributor: Elsah Cort of Cort Cottage Bed and Breakfast