Big Stump Basin, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

4.5
#9 of 15 in Trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Big Stump Basin is located in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Use our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip site to visit Big Stump Basin on your trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Create an itinerary including Big Stump Basin
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Big Stump Basin Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
60 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Big Stump grove is a few miles outside of the Grant Grove Village on Hwy 180. Here you will find a fair sized carpark, picnic tables, bathrooms and two mile loop trail leading to the meadow where you ...  more »
  • To visit the basin you must walk the two-mile loop. The first part of the trail descends about 200 feet before it levels out. The path around the basin is easy and enlightening. Do not miss the Mark T...  more »
Google
  • Great to see and get up close to some huge sequoia stumps. You can even climb some of them to see what they look like on the inside. For me it was better than the General Sherman Trail, because those trees are all fenced and there are a lot a people all around you, while we’ve been completely alone on the Big Stump Trail.
  • Big Stump grove is a few miles outside of the Grant Grove Village on Hwy 180. Here you will find a fair sized carpark, picnic tables, bathrooms and two mile loop trail leading to the meadow where you will see quite a few giant sequoia stumps, the result of logging in the late 19th century. We walked the trail in April. Much of it was not yet cleared of fallen trees from the winter season and certain sections still under snow. We walked all the way to the Mark Twain tree, which is a giant stump with a staircase, allowing you to climb to the levelled trunk of the old tree to better experience its size. At this point, snowmelt had caused a stream to run through the meadow cutting us off from the rest of this loop trail. So we turned and went back to the carpark. In the end, sort of sad seeing so many massive tree stumps and reading the information panels describing logging in the area. What a shame to have lost the majority of the grove of sequoias here. We were happy to see a few survivors of the logging era amongst the forest during our hike here.

Plan your trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

View all >
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h

Nature in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.1
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h

Hidden gems in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h

Side trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.3
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 30​min
4.1
Duration: 2​h