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hiking
2 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.

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.

hiking
5 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.

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.

Easy trail, not much views besides the small river. There's many interconnected trails. We did the loop in 1hr. They do have signs guiding you to other trails.

Nice hike with lots of shade and beautiful redwoods to look at. We did the loop trail towards Hart tree ending with the Canyon. For this particular route I'd rate 3 stars. The last part of the hike descending down the canyon and immediately back up is a little kick in the butt especially after you've been on the trail ~5-6 miles in 95-100 degree weather. It definitely made it much less enjoyable for me as I was more focused on just completing the hike to go back to the car and drinking a beer vs being able to take in the scenery and surrounding. If we had done the opposite loop starting with the canyon first and then the Hart tree, I would've rated that hike a 4 star and would recommend doing the loop in that direction.

Not really a hike but the view is breathtaking

on Congress Trail

25 days ago

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

hiking
25 days ago

Awesome views!

hiking
25 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!

nature trips
29 days 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!

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.

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

1 month ago

Perfect for our young kids. We took our stroller and found no problems navigating it on the trail. Plenty of spots for our 2 year old to climb on rocks and explore.

hiking
1 month ago

went this week and enjoyed these amazing large trees. if you walk out onto the granite face with all the stones you can see the rounded tops towering across the small valley of the Muir Grove.

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.

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!).

The most peaceful and magical walk I’ve ever done. Super easy and just breathtaking. If you love giant trees and meadows, you’ll love this walk.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Beautiful and worth the effort!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Simply wonderful short walk. Lots of big trees including a fallen giant you can climb atop near the accessible parking lot.

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!

Super easy

Beautiful hike, trail well marked, love the ferns with the sunlight shining through.

A little heavy breathing for someone who doesn’t get to hike as often as I’d like. So worth the effort to the top! Despite the height, felt safe with the railing and design of steps with grooves in places for better traction. A little narrow in spots, so need to let groups by when ascending or descending. Created good opportunities to catch your breath though.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful uphill hike! Not long at all. Highly recommend. The view at the top is worth all the heavy breathing!

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad walk. Minimal elevation changes, it's as wide as an access road, so having to squeeze and losing the trail are not an issue. There are picnic tables at the end (in the sun), and one bench (in the shade mid-day). Pretty light blue lake, which you can see the whole way.

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.

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