Congress Trail is a 3 mile loop trail located near Sequoia National Park, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until October.
This popular trail begins at the General Sherman Tree and takes you into the heart of the Giant Forest. It is also a pleasant snow-shoe in the winter months.
This trail was difficult for me to rate. On the one hand, we saw many beautiful land marks. On the other hand, it was very crowded- much more crowded than I prefer. It was rather like seeing Old Faithful in Yellowstone. I'm glad we did it, but I am not keen to go do the trail again. Hence, I gave it a 3.
We did the trail in November. It begins in the parking lot for the General Sherman Tree. The trails begin together and then diverge before the tree. We actually did the .4 miles to see the General Sherman Tree first and then went on the Congress trail. Doing this you see the Twin Trees, the General Sherman Tree, the leaning tree, the President, the Chief Sequoyah, the collection of trees known as the Senate, the collection known as the House of Representatives, and the McKinley Tree. At the beginning there is also a cutaway section of a Sequoia for illustration.
The trail is entirely paved, relatively flat, and one of the best marked we have seen. It was more of a stroll than a trail in truth. The hardest part is climbing the stairs back up the hill from the General Sherman Tree, but they have installed benches to rest every .1 mile or so. Oh and they have a full bathroom at the start along with a water refill station. The only animal we saw was a deer on the road out.
Good easy fun hike. Good for all skill levels
Very easy hike with kids. We had our youngest in a stroller and were able to easily complete the entire loop. It can be on the cool side even in June so prepare accordingly.
Hiked all the way to Circle Meadow. Nice easy hike, minimal incline here and there. Giant sequoias are amazing. Paved sections are also a nice addition.
Very easy trail, suitable for kids.
Sequias - majestatic. Hike itself easy and not challenging, a simple "walk in the park" type.
We started from the Sherman Tree Trail and completed the loop around Congress Trail. We went when the trail was covered in snow, but it was still easy to follow. This was my first time in SNP and it was a great introduction to the sequoia trees. We had the trail to ourselves since we went during a weekday in the middle of December.
Visited December 2016
Super easy paved trail through groves of huge trees. Go as early as possible, trail gets super packed. Can be a little tricky in winter, but we did it in boots and gaiters with no real problems.