Friends of Nelder Grove

Welcome to Nelder Grove

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TreeLogoNOTE: Nelder Grove’s gate is now open for the season. The Bull Buck and Chimney trails are open. The campground, Interpretive Center and the Graveyard of the Giants trail are closed due to damage from last years January wind event. When they are open I will announce the updates here. The Shadow of the Giants trail is closed due to the Railroad Fire of 2017. We lost 39 of our mature sequoia trees and have about 60 left. We originally started with 299 mature sequoias. Our nonprofit, Friends of Nelder Grove, Inc. remains available to you for any questions. You may send an email to or call, 559-760-9108. We want you to have a fabulous trip and we are happy to offer assistance. We recommend that when you visit the grove to download the GREEN map to take with you, or take a photo. We do not have a camp host at this time and Friends of Nelder Grove is not always on site. 

You can enjoy the plants, rocks and historical items because others left them for you. Leave what you find so that the next person can enjoy them.

Please observe the courtesies of the trail, the campground, and roads. Use existing camp areas and walk on the main trails to protect nature. Pick up your trash and take it with you. Remember this is a Pack It In – Pack It Out area. Follow the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics.

Respect wildlife. Watch wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed, or follow them. Protect wildlife and your food by storing your meals and trash tightly.

Be kind to other visitors. Make sure the fun you have in the outdoors does not bother anyone else. Remember that other visitors are there to enjoy nature. Listen to Nature.

Practice Responsible Pet Ownership. This means controlling your pets’ interactions with people and wildlife in natural areas. Please keep your pets leashed within developed recreation sites. We also ask that you “scoop the poop.”

The rare orchid shown below reaches it southern distribution limit in the Sierra Nevada at Nelder Grove. It is a Forest Service Sensitive species, and picking or disturbing these plants is prohibited. Please take only photographs.


Mountain Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium montanum)
Photos by Brenda Negley