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Big Stump Trail Loop

Hike to the mammoth stump of the Mark Twain Tree.

Hiking Easy

2.4 km
79 m
79 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
1.9 km
Big Stump Trail Loop Map

The Big Stump Trail leads to... well, as you may have guessed: a big stump. But this big stump has a story.


This tree was known as the "Mark Twain Tree," a "1,350 year old sequoia that was felled in 1891 after a team of two men spent 13 days sawing it," according to AmericanSouthwest.net.

The tree was cut down so that "sections of the trunk could be displayed in the natural history museums of New York and London," according to Wikipedia.

Now, once you reach the stump, a small staircase will let you climb on top of the mammoth stump to get a sense of the scale of sequoia trees. You still probably won't be able to wrap your head around them!

Technically, this meadow, which was home to a timber mill in the late 1800s, offers plenty of other stumps to check out as well. You can even (thankfully) enjoy some still-standing sequoias.

The trail itself is quite mellow and smooth, with very little elevation gain and loss, making it fit for the entire family.

Sources: https://www.americansouthwest.net/california/kingscanyon/big-stump-trail.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BigStumpGrove#:~:text=Mark%20Twain%20Stump%3A%20the%20stump,grape%20stakes%20and%20fence%20posts https://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/USA-Canada/6-Can-t-Miss-Hikes-in-Sequoia-and-Kings-Canyon-National-Parks



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and October


  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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