General Sherman Tree Trail

EASY 140 reviews
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General Sherman Tree Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Red Fir, 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 birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

no dogs

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

hiking
20 days ago

Beyond cool to see the largest living thing in the world. Decent workout to hike down and back up to parking lot

walking
21 days ago

My one tip: Go early, before the crowd arrives. It gets noisy and not peaceful fast. My family and I arrived around 830 am and only a handful of people were there. The trip down from the summer parking lot was fun and easy. Climbing back up to the lot was not easy.

27 days ago

Beautiful!

hiking
27 days ago

Kind of a zoo, but we knew that going in and still wanted to see General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. Paved the whole way and tons of kids, so it’s accessible and good for families, just not my cup of tea.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing to hike in the Sequoias

hiking
2 months ago

Worth it only to see the General Sherman Tree and to get to the Congress Trail. I have seen less crowded subway terminals.

walking
3 months ago

High traffic area. Short trail to a close up encounter with some of the Giant Sequoias and a close up view of The General Sherman.

hiking
3 months ago

Breathtaking. Took my kids Saturday and they LOVED it!! I'll be on this beauty high until the end of the week ❤️ worth the 4.5 hr drive *super easy trail they even have a free shuttle if you are unable to go up or down the trail incline. Get out there!

3 months ago

Fun and crowded :)

nature trips
4 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of beautiful nature surrounding you.

hiking
4 months ago

Very crowded at the time we hiked. Would prefer to hike early morning or later when the crowds have left.

walking
4 months ago

Super duper easy and accessible to just about everyone. It's paved, it descends slightly, and there's a humongous tree waiting for you at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked the Congress Trail and then met up with the Sherman Tree Trail. The Sherman Tree Trail is beautiful and you don't get the perspective of how large these trees really are until right up next to it. The trail loops through "meadows of trees". It was great! Wear good supportive shoes.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trees abound. Very easy amble to the tree, a little steep in places, but should be accessible to everyone.

walking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Crowds, foreigners climbing fences to take pictures, people ignoring "stay on trail" signs everywhere, no Park Rangers in site... Totally Infuriating! I wish Sequoia fined people on-site like they do in Yosemite. Literally the only thing that can kill a Sequoia Tree is root damage / erosion causing the tree to fall over.

4 months ago

General Sherman is a must see. There's a free shuttle if you don't want to walk back up to the parking lot.

hiking
5 months ago

Love me some general shermy

5 months ago

Scenic area, for sure.

hiking
5 months ago

Get there early, before the tour buses. The parking lot is large, but fills up as the morning goes on. There are stairs that take you to the General Sherman tree & other trails that circle around. Going back up isn't that bad. Just take it slow!

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