Congress Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Three Rivers, 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: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 495 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

paved

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.

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2 months ago

Nice walk but I would not called it a hike. Too touristy for my taste, the gull distance of the trail is covered with concrete.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy stroll through the forest to see some of the best sequoia's in the park. Paved most of the way, hardly any snow on the ground but a few spots where the pavement is iced over. Once you get away from the Sherman Tree, hardly anyone on the trail which was nice because it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Recommend going clockwise.

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icy
2 months ago

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4 months ago

Lovely stroll!

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icy
snow
4 months ago

We started out at General Sherman Tree, then followed the entirety of the Congress trail. There were A LOT of underequipped hikers on the trails - no crampons/sticks, which meant for the first leg of the trail there were lots of people slipping/falling/walking Incredibly slowly. Once we got beyond the initial entrance to Congress Trail, it became silent & we only saw 2 other groups for the remaining ~5.5mi. Non-technical & a simple walk through hard packed snow with crampons. 10/10 this was a quintessential hike for LOTS of healthy, giant sequoias.

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snow
5 months ago

A few inches of snow but doable in hiking boots; not much of an elevation change, so easily doable for families. Waterproof ski clothes recommended for when it’s snowing. Majestic in the snow - it blanketed the landscape and muffled all sound so it felt incredibly serene. Come here in late December to admire the giants in their quiet grandeur, when there are few other tourists around.

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snow
5 months ago

Sublime, snowy hike at the end of December. It felt like we had the forest to ourselves since we only saw one other group out there. And despite our lack of planning, the loop was very doable without snowshoes, though I have to add that we had our ski clothing and waterproof hiking boots. Definitely don't do this in a pair of jeans. The sky was dropping fat flakes the afternoon we went. It was so charming and peaceful, and a wonderful first snow hike ever for the family. I can't recommend this enough as a winter hike if you're looking for snowy settings.

6 months ago

Pictures can't do these trees justice. Even with a little traffic and annoying kids it was still an awe-inspiring hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Highly recommended, also recommend venturing down some of the side trails to see the various named tree groups, absolutely beautiful. If you go to the founders group, watch out for falling acorns and seeds from all the chipmunks!

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6 months ago

Nice to see the trees away from the crowds.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous trail amount some of the best trees the park has to offer.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of big ones!

hiking
7 months ago

Added on to this trail with a journey to Tharps Log. Started before 8 in mid October and it warmed up quite a bit while we were in trail. A few quick elevation changes at points, but an easier walk than others.

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bugs
7 months ago

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7 months ago

Nice all paved trail

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7 months ago

Paved trail all the way. It is a nice easy walk with some big trees but not the best. Lots of people.

hiking
8 months ago

We enjoyed this well maintained and shady walk. It was paved all the way along, but I wouldn't recommend it for wheelchairs as it was steeper in parts. Lots of gorgeous giants along the trail, some hollow. The highlight for me was the tree burned in half - fascinating. We were there on a weekend and although we passed plenty of other people, it didn't feel too crowded. There were plenty of times where we could stop and not hear or see anyone but the park itself. We saw a woodpecker and plenty of chipmunks.

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8 months ago

Did this trail at 7am and had it all to myself. 3 deer walked up right behind me. Very peaceful and beautiful trees.

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8 months ago

Relatively easy trail. It’s mainly to see the big trees. Take your time and get some good shots.

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8 months ago

best trees ever. highly maintained trail. some tree maintenance occurring today.

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8 months ago

Beautiful walk. Less touristy than other areas, a lot of beautiful scenery.

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8 months ago

Paved trail that was quiet in the morning as we made our way down to Crescent Meadow, but was quite crowded when we came back around lunch time. Lots of named sequoias and clusters.

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8 months ago

Great trail. Very beautiful and well maintained.

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8 months ago

Beautiful sequoias in less busy trails

easy hike with beautiful views, crowds thin out the further you go.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, as expected! Amazing views of the sequoia trees! The back part of the trail was almost empty, we got some amazing photos!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Congress Trail is a nice 2-hour hike to tack onto General Sherman . It’s paved and you lose a lot of the crowds around the main trees. Highly recommeded. We did it on our first day, and it was a great way to start our visit.

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bugs
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Congress Trail starts at the end of the popular Sherman Tree Trail. It loops through the heart of the Giant Tree Forest which is home to over 2000 sequoias with trunk diameters greater than 10 feet. There are several stands of sequoias that are so majestic it will take your breath away.

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