General Sherman Tree Trail

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Sequoia National Park

General Sherman Tree Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 154 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

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nature trips

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bird watching

forest

paved

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no dogs

Fun easy walk on a paved trail to see the largest tree in the world!

hiking
4 days ago

An easy walk but very beautiful!

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snow
1 month ago

Great trail. Did it with my kids in March of 2018 and because we had a late winter there was still snow. However, I have done this trail many times.

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icy
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2 months ago

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snow
3 months ago

3 months ago

Beautiful trail, definitely mesmerizing seeing huge Sherman tree, easy and pleasant walk.

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4 months ago

The General Sherman Tree is the largest tree in the world by volume! A must-see. It is definitely a tourist attraction so expect a crowd but if you are after more solitude, access to the Congress trail is available very close by so you can get up close and personal with some more giants! There is free parking and flush restrooms at the main trail head (follow road signs for Wolverton/General Sherman), handicap accessible parking and pit toilets are available at the lower trail head which becomes the main parking area in the winter. The Sequoia Shuttle bus stops at both locations. The main trail starts at about 7000' elevation and is paved with a few short sets of stairs. You will begin the trek outside of the Giant Forest grove but as you descend you will start to see the beautiful cinnamon color of the Giant Sequoias begin to appear. Your first attraction will be a view point where you can get a picture of the entire General Sherman tree (since the tree is so large there are not many places to get a photo of the whole thing!), there are benches and an interpretive sign at this view point. As you continue walking you will come to a trail convergence, turn Right to visit General Sherman, turn Left to enter the Congress trail (clearly marked with signs and a map kiosk). When you arrive at the base of General Sherman there will likely be a line of people waiting for their photo in front of it. There is a fence around the tree to protect it's delicate root system and benches available. As you continue walking you will see some awesome features such as a massive fallen Sequoia that the trail goes through, a fantastic cut cross-section of another Giant and two "twin trees" that the trail goes between. Giant Sequoias are truly awe inspiring and General Sherman is the largest of them all! There are so many other hidden secrets along this trail - you would like your own private guide visit www.sequoiaguides.com.

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4 months ago

It’s everything they say it is! It’s also definitely a tourist attraction which means a whole bunch of people with no sense of ethics. People were climbing over the barriers and romping around on the snow-covered sensitive soil. The root systems of these trees are very shallow. Also with tourists comes a while bunch of garbage being strewn all over the ground and stacked on top of dumpsters by people too dumb or lazy to undo the clip that keeps bears from entering dumpsters.

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4 months ago

Easy stroll. Went in December, so trail can be icy in certain places.

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5 months ago

Easy trail. Lots of families. Cool trees. Follow me on Instagram @Nathan_vanengen for pictures of this trail & more

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6 months ago

Easy going down. Mild elevation going up. Worth seeing Sherman tree and the other sequoias.

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6 months ago

It was interesting but it wasn’t really a trail and it was too busy.

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6 months ago

Easy trail. Gorgeous trees. General Sherman tree is humbling.

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7 months ago

For me, this trail gets five stars for the time of year and memories during which I walked it. The tree is impressive, but the whole experience is enhanced if done in snow, which turns this forest into a winter wonderland!

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7 months ago

The big tree was neat I guess. Definitely not worth the drive if that’s all you do. Recommend doing some longer hikes in the area and then checking out general Sherman to finish off. Also it was packed which was extremely annoying.

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7 months ago

Its a paved walk way with a steep grade but as people have shared it's crowded. It's a tourist attraction walk, not really a hike. It's neat to see the trees, but in general people disrespected nature by going off trails, littering and doing their thing. It maybe best to go early like at 7-8 am when it's less crowded so you can actually take in the splendor and greatness.

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7 months ago

Beautiful tree but absolutely not worth the crowds. I don’t think we will include this one on a return trip. In terms of the walk, it’s a pretty good incline which makes for a trek on the way up. Nothing too difficult though and it’s paved the whole way

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7 months ago

You kinda have to go on this hike, because general sherman, but it’s not the best. It’s paved and steep, which is fine, but it’s crowded and there are people actually smoking, going off trail and generally just killing the vibe. We saw a bear, which I didn’t think I’d care about because they’re everywhere where we live, but then when I saw it I was all OMG THERE’S A BEAR!!! ❤️

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7 months ago

Always a favorite when in the Sequoia National Park! A beautifully maintained walkway down to the tree, with several sets of steps here and there. Go at your own pace, stop and enjoy the many benches along the way, and enjoy the beauty of the forest! Only downside are the crowds...we went Tuesday (Oct 8th) and was still pretty crowded, especially in the line for pictures...going back uphill is a workout, so just take your time, no rush!! The Sherman tree is very worth seeing, don’t miss it!

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7 months ago

It was super easy to walk to. Not too busy in October and could enjoy the surroundings.

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Easy paved trail, downhill from parking. Impressive trees worth the walk. Might want to wait to read signs till the way back up to give yourself a rest.

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7 months ago

Busy, but a must-see stop to enjoy the massive trees!

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7 months ago

too steep!!

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7 months ago

Easy paved trail. Good for old people and lazy hikers. Again the experience is strange because you see trees behind a fence. Really overcrowded with lots of non-respectful people that walk on your steps, push you, make lots of noise. A bad experience overall.

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7 months ago

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!

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8 months ago

Easy hike down, steep coming back up. Fun to see General Sherman!

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8 months ago

Well maintained - it is paved the entire way and has disability access from below, if required. Information boards with information about the area and the General Sherman tree are along the trail. There are also warnings about the steepness on the way back (which should be fine for most) and they offer spots and seats to stop for the way back up. We combined this with the Congress trail at the bottom.

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8 months ago

This was an awesome place to see and worth the trip. We combined this with Congress Loop. Worth the effort. But be warned, the app is wrong on the elevation change. The forest service has signs stating it is a 480 foot climb back to the top. And parts are steep. The trail is paved and well maintained.

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8 months ago

Easy but great that it is accessible for many. Super crowded but worth seeing General Sherman and learning about many aspects. Might be too difficult to accesss other sequoia groves so great that it exists.

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