Black Mountain Grove is a sequoia grove in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest, CA.

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Located on a mountainside high above Camp Nelson, a little-used and mostly level dirt road winds for nine miles through the attractive Black Mountain Grove of giant sequoias. The road is well-maintained and can be explored by car, on foot, or any combination of the two.

The redwoods are mostly confined to a series of sheltered ravines. As a result, the roadside scenery is mostly ordinary non-sequoia forest, but with an occasional sequoia-filled ravine. The patches of old growth, though brief, are quite scenic; the sequoias tend to be really big, and in each ravine a few immense trees stand right next to the road. The wide open swath that the road cuts through the forest makes it possible to see the full height of many of these trees but, on the other hand, also isolates you from the forest; it feels like you’re passing by without really entering it.

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