General Sherman Tree Trail

EASY 223 reviews
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General Sherman Tree Trail is a 0.7 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 birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
134 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
2 days ago

Get up early and have this trail to yourself! We started our week with this gem. Hit the parking lot at 0700 and practically had the place to ourselves! Later in the day the place is like an ant hill! The Sherman Tree is absolutely glorious. They all are. The sequoias are a national treasure. It’s amazing to think about an organism that has been alive as long as they have. The trails in the area are bountiful and you can make a day of it just in the Giant Grove!

hiking
14 days ago

Not much of a trail...just a short, wide, paved walking path to see a big, awesome tree. No adventure here, put the spectacle of the world's largest living organism is a must see!!

22 days ago

Have to go at least once. Pretty amazing. But just getting overrun with tourists. Not relaxing.

1 month ago

The trees are certainly something to see and if you're nearby you should definitely go. Be warned, the hike down (and back) up is pretty steep. I was thoroughly winded.

My one complaint is the tourists just aren't considerate of the natural space. Climbing all past the signs and on top of the roots. Go see it now because this is how wonderful things get ruined. If you go, don't be a jerk.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome Tree, I mean REALLY amazing BUT I agree with many of the other reviewers, if you hike for peace and quiet, nature and a few courteous interactions with others that prefer the like, this is NOT gonna be it! Very Tourist attraction as is most "Paved" trails IMHO. Def need to see but be prepared that it's overwhelming and not likely to be relaxing!

1 month ago

Awe inspiring views. Easy trail

walking
1 month ago

The walk/hike was WONDERFUL to experience. A couple of things to note. 1) From the parking lot it is a steep walk that descends 212 ft in elevation to see General Sherman. The path is paved with steeps and plenty of benches to stop at along the way. 2) You can take a shuttle back to the parking or hike the same path you just descended in which case the benches may be more welcoming.

I would suggest taking the Congress trail to extend your viewing of other giant sequoias in the area too.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a must do to see Sherman tree (and all the other trees). Serious hikers might not like the paved trail and the crowds (I didn’t). In this case I would recommend extending the trip to log/crescent Meadow as I did.

1 month ago

amazing tree, trail packed with rude tourists.

1 month ago

Parked at Sherman lot, but took the Congress fork for added drama. Was at the McKinley tree junction taking a pic of my gf, when she said she heard pops. Then louder pops and she screamed run!

A 100 ft plus sequoia fell directly towards me on the trail, so took me a second to decide which tree was falling. Never ran so fast since my army days. A huge blanket of debris and dust enveloped the area. We lived to tell the story to a ranger, who said its rarer to witness a tree fall than seeing a bear at SNP.

Sherman is Sherman. Walked amongst hundreds of tourists, still shaking from my experience 15 mins before.

walking
1 month ago

packed. lite hike but steep. could not locate a picnic table. tourist spot

1 month ago

Was at the general for 9am amd there were o ly a few people around. By 10am the crowds had started to appear. Go early if you want peace amd time to wander at your own pace!

hiking
1 month ago

These trees are so incredibly majestic. I appreciate that the park service has made the trails to these monuments accessible to all. There is no reason to not do this trail while in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

I think this is just too crowded

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail and anyone who doesn't give it a 5 stars is not understanding that this tree is a one of a kind not found anywhere else.

2 months ago

Surely a sight to be seen that no picture or video could do justice. LOTS OF TOURISTS. A good little hike to the tree at a higher elevation.

2 months ago

the congress trail which near by the general sherman is much better than this trail. people can skip this trial by taking shuttle to wheelchair acessing, and spend more time on congress trail.

2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

3 months 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.

3 months ago

Awesome Hike to the worlds largest tree

hiking
4 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Go early to beat the huge crowds.

hiking
6 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.

6 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
7 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
7 months ago

Go early to avoid crowds.

hiking
8 months ago

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

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