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Picnic among the giants during the Devil’s Backbone Run

SCMM members attending this year’s Devil’s Backbone Run are in for a giant treat, literally! A picnic among the Giant Sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Located a short distance from the historic town on Murphys, where the MINI Maniacs will be spending two nights, the park is home to two groves of the world’s largest trees.

The Giant Sequoias are native only to the western slope of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The park’s North Grove Trail, a gentle 1.7 mile loop will take you through the historic grove of Giant Sequoias discovered in 1852. The Big Stump, Mother and Father of the Forest, and the Pioneer Cabin Tree (at one time a “drive–through” tree) are all located along this trail, as well as about 100 very large Giant Sequoias. The trail begins and ends at the far end of the North Grove parking lot. This trail is “stroller–friendly” when dry. Allow 1–2 hours.

The plan for members that wish to visit the park is to purchase sandwiches and snacks at the deli in Murphys that morning, then caravan out to Big Trees Park for a relaxing mid-day picnic and stroll among the Giant Sequoias. Be sure to bring your camera!

The Devil’s Backbone Run is a three-night trip scheduled for September 6-9. Be sure to follow the event thread and RSVP in the Club Events Forum —> CLICK HERE

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