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Great hike through the Sequioas! Great views and once you get away from the tourist crowd it's a very peaceful hike surrounded by nature. Took a lunch break at Crescent Meadows then made our way back to General Sherman and boy was it crowded. It was a steep hike back up to the trailhead.

Had a lot of fun here! Went towards the end of the day to catch the evening light for pictures, stayed until after dark to catch the stars. Family friendly with a lot of rocks to climb on. We did walk up on a good size rattle snake, we gave it its space and each party went their separate ways.

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!

Great trail! We started early this morning before the crowds hit, and did the touristy stuff, General Sherman, etc. Once you get past the touristy areas and off the paved trails, you find yourself in amazing groves of Sequoias with few people around. The trails are well maintained and marked well.

To clarify, this trail is NOT CLOSED. However, you can only access it from Glendora Mountain Road or from a hike up the Upper Colby Trail. The Motorway crosses private property between Azusa Peak and the bottom of the hill and the lower entry in Azusa is gated off and not accessible to the general public. You can hike it past Azusa Peak in the downhill direction, but will eventually start seeing warning signs about private property and will need to turn around back toward GMR unless you have permission to pass through from Rancho Vasquez. (I am not sure if this can actually be acquired.)

Sweeping views from the ridgeline. Relatively easy hike compared to others in the area if you start at GMR. Toughest stretch is coming back, ascending from Azusa Peak to Glendora Peak, but still a relatively moderate ascent.

Bear Hill and the adjacent Solider Loop Trail is an excellent choice when in Sequoia NP, as the trails are well maintained and marked very easily. We hiked up Solider Loop to climb Moro Rock and returned down Bear Hill. The scenery and ancient trees were beautiful towering monuments! Would definitely choose the solitude of these trails compared to some other busier routes. Downside to these two choices is sometimes it circles too close to the road and you can hear the shuttles constantly.

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!!

Nice to get off the trail and explore the rock formations. Not crowded at all since it was over 100°F!

on Congress Trail

27 days ago

Easy. Paved. A little up and down but a nice stroll.

27 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

This is short trail but it will give you a good workout!

hiking
1 month ago

Second time doing this short hike to the beginning of Moro Rock steps. So much greenery in the summer and lots of insects! Make sure to take you insect repellent! Also, spotted a bear midway on the trail back to the parking lot! Looked right at us, then went back to its business. Great experience!

Nice trail. Leads to Hazelwood trail and more rock trail.

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.

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 earlier sections of this trail can be quite crowded, but it’s worth it to see the groves of giant sequoias! We did it in the late afternoon on a weekday in mid-Summer and there were some crowds, but the free shuttle bus between trail heads and the parking lots made it super easy to get around (if you’ve already hiked lots that morning like we had and don’t feel like hiking the whole way!).

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.

1 month ago

Yesterday, I was standing about 50 ft from Mckinley tree when a 100 ft juvenile sequoia fell on the trail where I was taking a picture. Managed to sprint out of the way, but have wood dust in every nook and cranny! What a spectacle! Will beat any bear sighting I guarantee!

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.

Super easy

This is a short beautiful trail through the forest. There’s paved walkways which makes it a very easy stroll. Beautiful trees and meadow. Highly recommend.

If you like bouldering and lots of people around check out this tail. The rock formations are beautiful, but challenging and abrasive to navigate. We didn't hike the whole loop, but spent about 30 minutes here before venturing on to Lost Horse Mine and Ryan Mtn trails.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike to get to Morro Rock, but for some it may be a little strenuous getting to the top of the rock. If you are in shape it should be a breeze. Beautiful views. Get there early if you want to want to beat the tourists!

walking
2 months ago

packed. lite hike but steep. could not locate a picnic table. tourist spot

Was at the general for 9am amd there were o ly a few people around. By 10am the crowds had started to appear. Go early if you want peace amd time to wander at your own pace!

A really nice easy trail :)

hiking
2 months ago

These trees are so incredibly majestic. I appreciate that the park service has made the trails to these monuments accessible to all. There is no reason to not do this trail while in the area.

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