Looks like this description needs some love. If you know it, please adopt this trail! The Soldiers Trail was originally built by the US Army when they patrolled and protected the park between the years of 1891-1913.
This trail starts on the Alta Trail
, just past the junction of the Old Bear Hill Road
Trail. The trail climbs steeply up the hillside for roughly one-third of a mile before coming to the top of the hill. As it climbs, the singletrack dirt trail passes some mature Giant Sequoia trees, giving you an idea for how massive these trees truly are. Wildflowers can be seen in the late spring and early summer as warmer weather comes to this elevation.
The further into the forest you go, the noise and crowds around the Giant Forest Museum
and Park Store start to fade. Once the trail peaks, it descends steeply at first down the back side fo the hill. Almost everywhere you look, you'll see Sequoia trees in various states. There are ones that have fallen, ones that have been damaged by fire and storms, and large clumps of trees growing high into the air. Around seven-tenths of a mile, the trail flattens out some as you approach Crescent Meadow
Road and the Tunnel Log
, a fallen tree that has a hole carved in it so that cars can drive through.
This is a popular area for tourists, so be on the lookout for cars as you cross the road. After traveling a short distance, the noise from the tunnel log will fade and you can enjoy a peaceful run. Despite being in a popular area, you may encounter only a handful of individuals on this trail. The trail crosses the road again and begins a short climb uphill to the Roosevelt Tree, named after Theodore Roosevelt.
From here, the trail drops down to the Moro Rock
parking lot, where you can decide how you want to continue your adventure. You can climb to the top of Moro Rock
, which is highly recommended, and then make your way back to the museum by taking either the Moro Rock Trail
, Bear Hill Trail
, or retracing your steps on the Soldiers Trail.