Great Goshawk - 30th Largest Giant Redwood
Height: 255.20+ ft (77.78+ m) Elevation: 5,756 ft (1,754 m) GPS Latitude: 36.14423
Volume: 32,783 ft3 (928 m3) Creek: Freeman Creek GPS Longitude: -118.50294
Width: 23.10 ft (7.04 m) Grove: Freeman Creek Grove Discovery Date: 1988
Age: Park: Giant Sequoia NM Discovered By: William Croft

Notes: Great Goshawk is the 30th largest giant redwood, the 11th largest tree in Giant Sequoia National Monument and the largest tree in Freeman Creek Grove. Naturalist William Croft named the tree after an angry northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) which swooped down upon him when he first visited the tree.

Drive: Great Goshawk is 244 mi (393 km) south of San Francisco near the city of Porterville.

Northbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 North, transfer to California State Route 99 North. From California State Route 99 North just north of Bakersfield, transfer to California State Route 65 North toward Porterville. Near Porterville, transfer to California State Route 190 East.

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 Tipton, transfer to California State Route 190 East toward Porterville.

From Porterville, drive east 41 mi (66 km) on California State Route 190, past Camp Nelson, and continue straight onto County Road M107 (Great Western Divide Highway) past the intersection with Forest Service Road 21S50 (North Road). Drive south 10 mi (16 km) on County Road M107 (Great Western Divide Highway) and turn left onto Forest Service Road 22S02 (Last Chance Road). Drive east 4 mi (6 km) on Forest Service Road 22S02 (Last Chance Road) and turn left onto Forest Service Road 22S82 (Lloyd Meadow Road) toward Lloyd Meadow Trailhead. Drive north 17 mi (27 km) on Forest Service Road 22S82 (Lloyd Meadow Road) and turn left onto Forest Service Road 20S78 toward George Bush Tree. Drive west 1 mi (2 km) on Forest Service Road 20S78 to the parking lot at the end of the road.

Road Warning: Great Western Divide Highway (County Road M107) and Forest Service Roads 22S02 (Last Chance Road), 22S82 (Lloyd Meadow Road), and 20S78 are closed during winter. Depending on weather conditions, these roads are usually open from May through November.

Hike: GPS-assisted navigation is recommended for this hike. From the trailhead at the western end of the parking lot, hike southwest 0.1 mi (0.3 km) on an unnamed trail to the junction with Bush Tree Trail loop. Turn left at the trail junction and hike south 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Bush Tree Trail to George Bush Tree which stands beside the trail on your right. Turn left near George Bush Tree and hike south 20 ft (6 m) to the junction with Freeman Creek Trail. Turn left/east at the trail junction and hike east 0.3 mi (0.5 km) on Freeman Creek Trail to the trail exit point near 36.14813 -118.50275. Leave the trail here, and, using a GPS device, hike south 0.3 mi (0.6 km) off-trail, across Freeman Creek, to Great Goshawk. After visiting Great Goshawk, hike east 250 ft (76 m) off-trail to Castro.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 0.9 mi (1.4 km) Ascent: 224 ft (68 m)
Time: 45 min Off-Trail: 0.3 mi (0.5 km) Descent: 118 ft (36 m)
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