Congress Trail

EASY 138 reviews
#6 of 93 trails in

Congress Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Red Fir, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wildlife

snow

no dogs

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.

1 day ago

A really nice easy trail :)

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is a peaceful walk in the park. Felt like a museum with some signs identifying sequoias as the President, another General, and House of Senate.

walking
9 days ago

Paved trail through grove of big trees. Not flat, but nothing major. Wonderful stroll

hiking
11 days ago

It's alright but so crowded

20 days ago

easy trial, amazing walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail that meanders through the forest. You get great views of some big trees and unique groups of several trees together (The Senate and The House). I recommend going very early (before 9am) and you pretty much have the place to yourself. It’s incredibly quiet and peaceful. My only criticism is that the majority of the identifying signs for the trees were down for repair with a sign that they would be back up in spring 2017. (I hiked it 5/18/18, still no signs).

1 month ago

Fewer people on this trail than the General Sherman Trail, but I'd still call ik "moderately trafficked". You walk along some huge Sequoia Trees with nametags.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy hike and mostly paved. I don't really prefer paved hikes but that is just me. But I loved the sequoia trees. It is so peaceful once you get a ways in and the smells are like no other!

4 months ago

Giant trees

hiking
4 months ago

If you are accessing the Congress Trail from General Sherman Tree trail than you will be delighted to know that the Congress Trail is peaceful and lightly trafficked “at least the day we went” unlike General Sherman Trail. If you enjoy seeing Sequoia’s than this trail is a must, this trail provided up close views of hundreds of Sequoia’s.

5 months ago

This trail was very easy and fun to explore!

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome 2 mike trail including several of the largest living things on Earth. Easy walk and the trees smell amazing

nature trips
6 months ago

My family and I headed out early on this trail on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It felt as if we had the whole trail all to ourselves on the way out. There are so many just as amazing trees as the General Sherman. The paved trail was unexpected but good because the three miles felt like six with the altitude, the hills, and all the photo ops. On the way back, we met the midday crowd, especially back at the Sherman Trail.

7 months ago

I've hiked this trail many times. great scenery.

hiking
8 months ago

Much better than General Sherman Trail. Hike itself was 4 stars but the 5th comes from finding a trails right behind the Senate group (doesn't show on maps here) that connected to other trails ultimately. Saw less than a dozen people over 3 hours and had the giant trees pretty much all to myself and all within yards of the "rat race".

hiking
8 months ago

The president tree is pretty cool, but I really enjoy the senate trees grouped together, it really gives the feeling of being in the forest.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail is mostly paved. Alot of tourists on this popular trail. It is next to the famous Sherman Tree.

10 months ago

Easy stroll. Cool seeing all the big sequoias. I was a little disappointed as I was expecting super ginormous trees with all the hype.

hiking
10 months ago

Great. Super mit Kindern, früh am Morgen ist man fast allein.... mit einigen Tieren. Unbedingt gesamten Loop gehen.

hiking
10 months ago

A stress-free saunter. This trail is primarily paved and doesn't take a ton of effort. You're rewarded with magnificent up close looks at giant sequoias. As other reviews have stated, the size of some of these trees rival that of General Sherman yet the trail itself is typically sparsely populated in comparison to the permanently crowded scene in front of The General.

10 months ago

I loved this trail. It was only about a 2 mile trail and it took us about 1.5 hours to complete with a few stops. We loved it!

10 months ago

Few people take the whole trail!

10 months ago

This trail is perfect Sequoia National Park and is a must-do. You will walk right next to GROUPS of Sequoias almost as big as the General Sherman Tree. I was amazed at the lack of people on this trail when compared to the enormous crowds just a couple hundred yards away. We were not alone, but there were literally hundreds of people at the General Sherman Tree and we bumped into maybe 20 people total on this trail.

10 months ago

You'll see tons of huge sequoias while you walk on this shaded path. There are even a few sequoias you get to walk through! Very quiet trail since everyone is back at General Sherman.

11 months ago

Good for families lots of big trees

hiking
11 months ago

This was a great trail to see a bunch of Giant Sequoias all in a small area. It was an easy stroll on mainly paved trails. If you want to add additional mileage and get away from most of the crowds, there are several trials that split off this trail. Some of those are still inside the Giant Forest area but are a little more challenging than the Congress Trail.

11 months ago

Yes it's easy but it is a MUST if you really want to appreciate those gorgeous giants! Also, just a tip, flip your phone to the side and take some panoramas from the tops of the trees to the bottom to get them in a complete photo!

hiking
11 months ago

So enjoyable when you can get there early. You'll be hiking by yourself amongst the biggest trees on the planet! Get there later & you'll have lots of company. Paved trail, so it didn't feel like 3 miles.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Absolutely incredible walk among the sequoias

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Great little hike. Brought my friend here, since I didn't want to kill him with elevation gain for his first hike. :)

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