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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.

hiking
1 day ago

A definite must if visiting the park! Easy and flat stroll. Walking among these giants will make you feel like a tiny ant - in the best way possible. Leave the crowds behind at General Sherman to experience the true magic of the giant forest!

Everything you need to really experience a short excursion in the Seqiouya National Park. Which is all we had this time around. It was magical!

hiking
11 days ago

Nice paved trail.

hiking
11 days ago

HIGHLY recommend this trail. Most ppl go to see the General Sherman Tree and then leave so the trail itself is pretty secluded. Very shaded so weather was perfect and you seriously walk amongst the giants; so many sequoias. Totally would do this trail again!

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail for the kids (4, 6, 8)...paved, with great sites to see. Hardly crowded compared to the Genera Sherman Tree Trail.

hiking
14 days ago

This is a good hike for family.. easy but can be a bit hard to breath for non experience hikers due to elevation. If you haven't seen massive trees up close? this place is magical! trail is well maintain and shaded.

hiking
15 days ago

Highly recommend this hike for getting up close & personal with giant Sequoias such as The President, Chief Sequoia, The Senate, and The House. Most people tend to stop in the General Sherman area (which gets crowded) and not go on. You'll leave the majority of the crowd behind on this well-marked paved trail.

16 days ago

Fantastic easy hike! Stroll among the giants. First part of the trail and General Sherman tree was very crowded (2pm Sat.) and quite frankly overrated. once I got off the beaten path to Congress trail it was much better, less crowded. The sequoias are truly mindboggling, lots of photo ops and spots to linger in awe along this trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Absolutely stunning. The steep return to parking lot was the toughest bit.

hiking
21 days ago

Hands down the best way to see the big trees! The only way if you ask me. Do this one if it’s the only thing you do in Sequoia and you’re there to see the trees.

hiking
28 days ago

One of our favorite all-time hikes to experience that feeling of magic in nature! Full virtual hike on youtube: https://youtu.be/brGqmLua4Zc Great for trip planning or treadmill training!

hiking
1 month ago

Visited 6/7/20. If you are interested in seeing the largest, and the most packed-in and striking sequoia trees in the world, this is where to do it. The house and the senate groups are truly spectacular, and General Sherman himself is mindbogglingly massive. The "trail" is an asphalt-paved loop and it is very well signed. However, if you value solitude in nature over superlatives, this may not be the hike for you. There are other hikes in Sequoia-Kings that have sequoia trees without the hordes of tourists (and I do mean hordes), or the concrete mixture beneath your feet. This trail was more akin to an outdoor museum or a developed tourist attraction, than a hiking trail.

hiking
3 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
4 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
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Lovely stroll!

hiking
icy
snow
6 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.

hiking
snow
6 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.

hiking
snow
6 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.

7 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
7 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!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice to see the trees away from the crowds.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of big ones!

hiking
8 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.

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Nice all paved trail

hiking
9 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
9 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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