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hiking
3 days ago

Came here on a weekday when we could park at the trailhead. It's a short but steep hike up to the top. The views were still amazing despite some of the haziness from the nearby fires. Definitely plan to come back when the sky clears and to go to stargazing.

hiking
6 days ago

The views are spectacular and second to none. The parking is limited. The crowds are dangerously overwhelming. Be extra careful when going up there.

The reason this hike only gets 4 stars is the lack supervision from park rangers. I saw a lot of people careless on trail that doesn't give second chances.

Get up early and have this trail to yourself! We started our week with this gem. Hit the parking lot at 0700 and practically had the place to ourselves! Later in the day the place is like an ant hill! The Sherman Tree is absolutely glorious. They all are. The sequoias are a national treasure. It’s amazing to think about an organism that has been alive as long as they have. The trails in the area are bountiful and you can make a day of it just in the Giant Grove!

Not much of a trail...just a short, wide, paved walking path to see a big, awesome tree. No adventure here, put the spectacle of the world's largest living organism is a must see!!

Beautiful trail. We did it in about 7 hours with 45 minutes at the top. The heat definitely got to us as well as the last couple miles. The views were still spectacular even though it was smoky. Stay Hydrated out there!

hiking
20 days ago

Came across a juvenile bear and later on bear scat directly on the trail. (Panther Gap). Beautiful trail!

Not really a hike but the view is breathtaking

26 days ago

Have to go at least once. Pretty amazing. But just getting overrun with tourists. Not relaxing.

hiking
26 days ago

Awesome views!

hiking
26 days ago

Short climb up to the top for views of the Sierra's and the Valley floor. Gets crowded at sunset. Pro Tip: Go right after the sun goes down - everyone leaves, you still get soft light and usually you have the top of yourself to view the city lights below and stars above. On a full moon, the mountain range behind you really light up!

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing views!! If you live at sea level (me), this can be a pretty strenuous hike. Luckily there are lots of streams on the way up to filter some water and lots of rocks to park yourself on.
The views are what make this. Once you get halfway through the hike up, amazing views open up for the remainder of the hike. This took me about 7 hours round-trip.

nature trips
1 month ago

Grateful to those who crafted this amazing feat with stairs, bars, etc. so that generations can climb and enjoy the beautiful views! A definite must if you're in the Sequioa Forest!

hiking
1 month ago

An amazing view. The hike feels more like 15 miles long. And it took about 8 hours in total including staying at the peak for about an hour. The last 2 miles going up is very tiring but it’s worth the view! Hiked it July 15. If I was to do it again I would do it maybe a month or two earlier in the year so maybe I can catch some snow in the mountains!

Nice, short hike. The views are awesome.

hiking
1 month ago

Although barely a hike, it is a minor detour off the Giant Forest-Moro Rock Trail. It has a steep ascent but it’s short so not a big deal. The Hanging Rock is great for fun photo ops and amazing views of the foothills and Valley.

The trees are certainly something to see and if you're nearby you should definitely go. Be warned, the hike down (and back) up is pretty steep. I was thoroughly winded.

My one complaint is the tourists just aren't considerate of the natural space. Climbing all past the signs and on top of the roots. Go see it now because this is how wonderful things get ruined. If you go, don't be a jerk.

Beautiful with lots of wildflowers. Guard your stuff at the peak, the marmots will steal it and gnaw on it, including plastic and rubber. Start very early and bring lots of water.

Nice and quick hike up with some beautiful views at the top.

Awesome Tree, I mean REALLY amazing BUT I agree with many of the other reviewers, if you hike for peace and quiet, nature and a few courteous interactions with others that prefer the like, this is NOT gonna be it! Very Tourist attraction as is most "Paved" trails IMHO. Def need to see but be prepared that it's overwhelming and not likely to be relaxing!

The views are just stunning. And the trail is well supported with handrails and rock walls so it’s doable even for someone like myself who’s not great with heights. I’d suggest doing it in the early evening, to avoid the worst of the crowds. We were there about 6pm on a weekday during late June and there were still lots of people on the trail, but not too many.

Awe inspiring views. Easy trail

The walk/hike was WONDERFUL to experience. A couple of things to note. 1) From the parking lot it is a steep walk that descends 212 ft in elevation to see General Sherman. The path is paved with steeps and plenty of benches to stop at along the way. 2) You can take a shuttle back to the parking or hike the same path you just descended in which case the benches may be more welcoming.

I would suggest taking the Congress trail to extend your viewing of other giant sequoias in the area too.

Definitely a must do to see Sherman tree (and all the other trees). Serious hikers might not like the paved trail and the crowds (I didn’t). In this case I would recommend extending the trip to log/crescent Meadow as I did.

amazing tree, trail packed with rude tourists.

hiking
1 month ago

not long but amazing views on the way to the top!

Beautiful and worth the effort!

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is more like 15.25 miles. The last 2 miles is a killer but worth the views. My wife and I used this hike to prepare for Half Dome due to the elevation gains and over-all altitude. I drank 3 litters and 2 16 ounce filtered water. My wife drank 2 litters and 2 16 ounce filtered water. There is plenty of water. Take Jolly Ranchers candy to help with altitude.

1 month ago

Nice bit of engineering to create a path to the top. But views are meh!

Parked at Sherman lot, but took the Congress fork for added drama. Was at the McKinley tree junction taking a pic of my gf, when she said she heard pops. Then louder pops and she screamed run!

A 100 ft plus sequoia fell directly towards me on the trail, so took me a second to decide which tree was falling. Never ran so fast since my army days. A huge blanket of debris and dust enveloped the area. We lived to tell the story to a ranger, who said its rarer to witness a tree fall than seeing a bear at SNP.

Sherman is Sherman. Walked amongst hundreds of tourists, still shaking from my experience 15 mins before.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! The last 2 miles are definitely what make this one hard. The last push to the peak is slow moving due to all the climbing. Well worth the effort though as the views are amazing. Just down from the peak is a set of rocks where you can have lunch with a view of the 3 lakes down below. Start early to beat the crowds!

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