Backpacking / Trekking in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Angels Camp, California USA

1.5 mi/2.4 km
Bear Valley is a ski area located near Angels Camp, on highway 4, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, approximately 3 hrs southeast of Sacramento, California, USA.

Near Bear Valley lies Ebbetts Pass, which is perfect for backpacking. Day hikes can vary from unstrained, quarter mile walks to full day excursions on strenuous mountain peaks. One of the best route is Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It is a 1.5 mi/2.4 km loop with smooth walking surface.

The north grove is close to the parking and has easy access. Some of the best things to see on that trail are the Empire State Tree, Big Stump, the Father of the Forest and Pioneer Cabin Tree. Empire State Tree has 18 ft/5.4 m diameter near its base. South Grove is a 3.5 mi/5.6 km, loop forest trail.

The elevation changes are 500 ft/152.4 m, gain and loss. Both of the trails begin with a moderate uphill climb. Bradley Grove trail is a 2.5 mi/4 km, loop forest trail. The elevation changes are 200 ft/61 m, gain and loss. The trail contains some huge sequoias and many younger trees that were planted in 1950’s.

How to Get to Destination

164 mi / 264 km, 3 hrs 5 mins
Follow I-880S to San Jose. Take the exit 31 for I-238 to I-580/Stockton/Fresno. Follow the signs for I-238/I-880/Castro Valley/Stockton Fresno and enter I-238 S. Enter I-580E. Go straight for I-205E. Enter I-5N. Take the exit California 4E to Downtown Stockton. Enter CA-4 E. Enter CA-4 E/CA-99 S. Take the exit 252B to enter CA-4 E to Farmington Rd. Turn right to CA-4 E/Farmington Rd. Go to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Head straight for CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Central Valley
89.6 mi / 144.2 km, 2 hrs 4 mins
Follow CA-108 E/E F St. Continue to follow CA-108E. Enter CA-49 N/W Stockton St. Turn left on CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N/S Washington St. Make an open right turn to Parrots Ferry Rd. Head straight to Parrots Ferry Rd. Turn right to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
125 mi / 201.2 km, 2 hrs 41 mins
Follow CA-99S. Take exit 273 to Liberty Rd. Turn left on Liberty Rd. Turn right to CA-88W. Turn left to CA-12E. Continue to CA-49 S/Golden Chain Highway S/W St Charles St. Turn left to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Continue straight to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
Columbia Airport,
50.6 mi / 81.4 km

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