Oliver Twist
Height: 222.00+ ft (67.67+ m) Elevation: 6,464 ft (1,970 m) GPS Latitude: 36.21452
Volume: Creek: Park Fork Creek GPS Longitude: -118.67708
Width: 16.11 ft (4.91 m) Grove: Mountain Home Grove Discovery Date:
Age: Park: Giant Sequoia NM Discovered By:

Notes: Oliver Twist, named after the main character in Charles Dickens' second novel, Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy's Progress, was so named because the trunk has an unusual, spiral bark pattern from ground to treetop.

Drive: Oliver Twist is 234 mi (377 km) southeast 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 17 mi (27 km) on California State Route 190 toward Springville. Just past Springfield, turn left onto Balch Park Road toward Scicon, Balch Park, and Mountain Home State Forest. Drive north 3.4 mi (5.5 km) on Balch Park Road and turn right onto Bear Creek Road toward Scicon, Balch Park, and Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. Drive east 15 mi (24 km) on Bear Creek Road, past Methuselah Group Campground, and veer right at the next fork in the road onto Summit Road toward Shake Camp Campground. Drive southeast 0.3 mi (0.5 km) on Summit Road to the parking spot at the side of the road near 36.21452 -118.67708.

Navigation System Warning: Many computer, smartphone, and car navigation systems instruct you to turn left/north onto Rancheria Fire Road (a gated, narrow, and unpaved road) from Bear Creek Road to get to Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. Ignore those instructions and continue driving on Bear Creek Road instead. Those same navigation systems may also instruct you to bypass Bear Creek Road altogether and to take Balch Park Road to the northern entrance of Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. Avoid that route from Springville because it adds more than 6 mi (10 km) and 30 min of driving one-way.

Hike: From the parking spot, hike east 10 ft (3 m) to Oliver Twist.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 10 ft (3 m) Ascent: 0 ft (0 m)
Time: 3 s Off-Trail: 10 ft (1 m) Descent: 4 ft (1 m)
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