Old growth sequoia with young saplings in the Ladybug Grove. (BLM Photo)
The Bakersfield Field Office includes the only Sequoia grove complex managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The groves are located on Case Mountain, approximately 7½ miles southeast of the town of Three Rivers, California. The complex is comprised of six distinct sequoia grove units, which total about 444 acres.
The groves are part of the nearly 20,000 acre Kaweah Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) designated in the Bakersfield Resource Management Plan for protection of the Case Mountain giant sequoia groves, other sensitive plant and animal species, riparian areas, and cultural resources. The groves are also part of the Case Mountain Extensive Recreation Management Area (ERMA), which includes dozens of miles of mountain bike, foot, and equestrian trails, picnic tables, and endless opportunities for wildlife observation, photography, and exploration in the foothills of the sierras.
All public access within the area is non-motorized. Primary public access to the area is from the end of Skyline Road outside of Three Rivers. Parking along Skyline Drive is currently extremely limited. Please respect private property owners- do not block private driveways or gates. Improvements to access coming soon!
It is over 10 miles miles and 6,500 feet of elevation gain to the Case Mountain Grove from the Skyline Drive trailhead. Access to other groves in the complex requires permission to cross private property on the summit of Case Mountain.