Giant Sequoia in Giant Sequoia National Monument (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
SPRINGVILLE, CA June 6, 2013 — Trail of 100 Giants, located in the Western Divide Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest will be partially closed to travelers for the next couple of months. Construction of the boardwalk alongside the fallen sequoias will begin as early as Monday, June 10th and is expected to last sixty days.
The Sequoia National Forest has contracted with Tate Nagle of “DBA Nagle Earthworks” to construct the boardwalk to fully reopen this trail to the public. “Two giant sequoias fell onto the trail in September 2011 which blocked access for those with disabilities to continue around this loop trail, I would like to see this loop opportunity re-opened to all visitors,” stated Western Divide District Ranger Rick Stevens.
The boardwalk will be constructed out of wood and run 100 foot along the edge of the fallen sequoias. This fully accessible walkway will be six feet wide and have handrails. It will be elevated off the ground an average of 5 feet. No sequoia trees will be cut to construct the boardwalk.
This work will require a temporary closure of the west loop accessed from the day use parking area, and at times the parking area will be occupied by construction vehicles. The loop accessed from Redwood Meadow Campground will continue to be open and available to both campers and day users. No work will occur on the weekends.
For more information please contact the Western Divide District office at 559-539-2607 during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.