General Sherman Tree Trail

EASY 173 reviews
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General Sherman Tree Trail is a 1.1 kilometer 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
1.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
41 m
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!

6 days ago

Easy hike with lots of huge sequoia’s. Lots of people but nature takes over and you can quickly forget who is around you

hiking
7 days ago

The biggest recommendation is go early! I got to the tree by about 8:30am and there were just a few others there. I also suggest continuing on to the Congress Trail to see more giant sequoias without the crowds.

10 days ago

Okay trail. Paved and very accessible for those that may struggle with walking. Very, very busy though.

14 days ago

This trail is nothing special: very busy and paved. But you get to see the General and it's also the starting point for several other trails. I recommend the Congress Trail.

1 month ago

Awesome Hike to the worlds largest tree

hiking
1 month ago

A must-do hike to see general sherman in its glory. The trail is quite crowded due to being the main attraction in sequoia national park.

When you are able to take a photo with the famous tree, I recommend asking someone to take a vertical panoramic photo bc that’s the only way you’ll be able to fit the whole tree in a photo!

hiking
2 months ago

Largest tree by mass in the entire world. No other words needed.

hiking
3 months ago

Go early to beat the huge crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

How can you go to Sequoia National Park without seeing the largest tree alive today? It’s easier to deal with the crowds of people if you remember that your not hiking this trail for peace and serenity but that you are here to see The General Sherman Tree that measures 36.5 feet in diameter, 180 feet high and weighs 1,385 pounds. The park recommends taking the shuttle to the trailhead but if you go early you can find a place to park. After seeing the General Sherman Tree we kept hiking onto the Congress Trail where we saw less than 5 people and tons of Sequoia’s and we were even able to pick up a shuttle at another trailhead back to our car. My point is, if you deal with the people for 0.8 miles and keep hiking you will end up having a great peaceful hike.

4 months ago

it's alright for those who are sight-seeing. it's become far too much of a tourist trap though - get there early to avoid crowds

hiking
4 months ago

Crowded trail that leads straight down, and then back up. Worth seeing General Sherman, but a lot of hassel. We took the the Congress Trail from the bottom of the General Sherman Trail. That was very cool!

hiking
4 months ago

Go early to avoid crowds.

hiking
5 months ago

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

walking
5 months 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.

6 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Kind of a zoo, but 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 be prepared for the masses.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing to hike in the Sequoias

hiking
7 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
8 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
9 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!

9 months ago

Fun and crowded :)

nature trips
9 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of beautiful nature surrounding you.

hiking
9 months ago

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

walking
9 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
9 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
9 months ago

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

walking
9 months ago

9 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.

10 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
10 months ago

Love me some general shermy

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