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Congress Trail

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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
2 days 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
13 days ago

Nice to see the trees away from the crowds.

hiking
23 days ago

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

hiking
25 days ago

Lots of big ones!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice all paved trail

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Very beautiful and well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful sequoias in less busy trails

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

hiking
2 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
2 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.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

A must do if you visit Sequoia National Park. A very easy walk, not crowded (early in the morning), and a great way to get up close to the sequoia’s.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

We did this trail as our last hike before we left the park. Initially we just wanted to see the General Sherman tree but there was definitely a crowd so we decided to do the full congress trail instead. You don’t have to walk far before you lose most of the crowd and have the giant Forrest to yourself. And it is definitely spectacular being in there. You are literally walking among 3000 year old giants and the trail is completely paved so you don’t have to worry about losing track of it. It was definitely a change of pace compared to our normal wilderness hikes. This is more like a stroll. It’s not very strenuous and the temperature is pleasant because of the shade (depending of which time of year you’re going). The only thing that can be bothersome is the mosquitoes. Would definitely recommend this trail to less experienced hikers. You don’t even have to wear hiking shoes and I’m sure kids could complete it without any problems too. I would personally love to come back and do some of the longer trails in the giant Forrest.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A ranger suggested we take the shuttle up to the General Sherman tree and then hike back to the visitors center because it is more downhill. This was an excellent suggestion. After we completed the Congress portion, and were on the Alta portion of the trail, we were mostly secluded. The Sherman tree was very busy, so it was nice to take a break from the crowds. We did run into a pair of park service firefighters due to small burns along the trail. There were isolated areas burning but only one area where there was significant smoke.

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

We started at the Sherman Tree trailhead and headed down Congress Trail to Alta Trail and finished at the Giant Forest Museum. We were there early, 8 am, and it really paid off because there were not many people on the trail. The Forest Service had done a controlled burn in the area on July 11th and there was still light smoke and some smoldering logs along the trail. It was more interesting than bothersome. Great hike to see tons of the biggest Sequoia’s.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Congress Trail was a great way to get down and see the General Sherman tree and several other impressive sequoias as well. Most of the trail was paved so that made it easier than what were used to doing. I would suggest you get there early to see General Sherman without all of the people. They were doing a prescribed burn so part of the trail was closed, which was a bummer, but still cool to see nonetheless.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trek! I had wanted to do the whole trail but the park was undergoing maintenance and had blocked off a good section of the trail to have controlled fires. The path I took I still got to see the major sights and the trail still is beautiful. So happy I got to see it.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is connected to the General Sherman Trail and is much less trafficked. It loops back into the forest seemingly endlessly-you can merge onto other trails easily and spend hours in the forest. Definitely recommend this trail if you would like to explore the park more.

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