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Congress Trail

EASY 41 reviews
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Congress Trail is a 3 mile loop trail located near Sequoia National Park, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

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.

4 hours ago

Amazing trial and the trees are just magnificent. Literally just stood in awe of them all.

hiking
4 days ago

Enjoyed the trail and was impressed by the trees. I really enjoyed the fact that it sat right next to the General Sherman Trail which made it very easy to access. I am happy I did it once but it was nothing super special

5 days ago

Everyone should see these trees in real life

6 days ago

Beautiful easy trail. There were several trees that were more impressive than Gen Sherman

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hiking
3 months ago

This is an easy and short hike for families. The trail will be crowded so do not expect seclusion. The trees are beautiful and the trail asphalt and smooth.

4 months ago

6 months ago

This trail was difficult for me to rate. On the one hand, we saw many beautiful land marks. On the other hand, it was very crowded- much more crowded than I prefer. It was rather like seeing Old Faithful in Yellowstone. I'm glad we did it, but I am not keen to go do the trail again. Hence, I gave it a 3.

We did the trail in November. It begins in the parking lot for the General Sherman Tree. The trails begin together and then diverge before the tree. We actually did the .4 miles to see the General Sherman Tree first and then went on the Congress trail. Doing this you see the Twin Trees, the General Sherman Tree, the leaning tree, the President, the Chief Sequoyah, the collection of trees known as the Senate, the collection known as the House of Representatives, and the McKinley Tree. At the beginning there is also a cutaway section of a Sequoia for illustration.

The trail is entirely paved, relatively flat, and one of the best marked we have seen. It was more of a stroll than a trail in truth. The hardest part is climbing the stairs back up the hill from the General Sherman Tree, but they have installed benches to rest every .1 mile or so. Oh and they have a full bathroom at the start along with a water refill station. The only animal we saw was a deer on the road out.

hiking
7 months ago

Good easy fun hike. Good for all skill levels

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Very easy hike with kids. We had our youngest in a stroller and were able to easily complete the entire loop. It can be on the cool side even in June so prepare accordingly.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked all the way to Circle Meadow. Nice easy hike, minimal incline here and there. Giant sequoias are amazing. Paved sections are also a nice addition.

hiking
7 months ago

Very easy trail, suitable for kids.

hiking
9 months ago

Sequias - majestatic. Hike itself easy and not challenging, a simple "walk in the park" type.

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