Founders Group
Height: Elevation: 6,929 ft (2,112 m) GPS Latitude: 36.57206
Volume: Creek: Little Deer Creek GPS Longitude: -118.75397
Width: Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date:
Age: Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By:

Notes: Founders Group, also known as Entente Allies, is a cluster of giant redwoods located between Adams and Room in Giant Forest. On July 8, 1931, Sequoia National Park superintendent Colonel John R. White dedicated Founders Group to honor park founders Henry E. Barbour, Tipton Lindsey, John F. Miller, George W. Stewart (known as The Father of Sequoia National Park, John Tuohy, William Vandever, Frederick H. Wales, Frank J. Walker, William B. Wallace, and Daniel K. Zumwalt whose determination to preserve giant redwoods in Fresno and Tulare counties led to the establishment of Sequoia National Park.

Drive: Founders Group is 219 mi (352 km) southeast of San Francisco near Fresno.

Northbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 North, transfer to California State Route 99 North toward Bakersfield. Drive north 97 mi (156 km) on California State Route 99 and transfer to California State Route 198 East toward Visalia. Drive east 58 mi (93 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and turn left into the Pinewood Picnic Area parking lot.

Southbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 South in Sacramento, transfer to U.S. Highway 50 East toward South Lake Tahoe. Drive east 1.7 mi (2.7 km) on U.S. Highway 50 and transfer to California State Highway 99 South. Near Fresno, transfer to California State Route 180 East. Drive east 56 mi (90 km) on California State Route 180, and turn right onto California State Route 198 West. Drive south 28 mi (45 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and turn right into the Pinewood Picnic Area parking lot.

Hike: From the parking lot, walk south across California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) to an unpaved road marked Authorized Vehicles Only. Hike uphill/south 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on the unpaved road to the junction with Rimrock Trail. Turn left and hike east 0.7 mi (1.1 km) on Rimrock Trail to Lincoln at the junction with Alta Trail. Turn left and hike northeast 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Alta Trail to McKinley trail junction. Turn right and hike south 0.1 mi (0.2 km) on the western half of Circle Meadow Loop Trail to Founders Group which stands beside the trail on your left.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 1.2 mi (1.9 km) Ascent: 612 ft (187 m)
Time: 35 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 287 ft (87 m)
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