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
1 day ago

Lovely stroll!

hiking
icy
snow
18 days 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
27 days 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
28 days 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

Nice to see the trees away from the crowds.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of big ones!

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice all paved trail

hiking
3 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
3 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.

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

Great trail. Very beautiful and well maintained.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful sequoias in less busy trails

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

hiking
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

hiking
4 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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