General Sherman Tree Trail

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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 birding and is accessible year-round.

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

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

paved

views

no dogs

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

5 days ago

Biggest tree is pretty cool it is massive. Did a loop trail attached to this trail that wasn't as crowded and very nice. Amazing how many partially burnt trees keep on going like it's nothing. Busy and not the most amazing views(not much variety)

hiking
8 days ago

Definitely a wonderful landmark to see. It’s not really a hike, just a paved walk to get there. Honestly though, it looks exactly like all the other redwoods. I would have thought it was going to be much bigger than them. I personally felt the tree in front of the redwood museum was more fun to take pictures with and of. It was snowing when we were there, and the trails were all ice so that put a damper in getting to any actual hiking.

hiking
8 days ago

Definitely a wonderful landmark to see. It’s not really a hike, just a paved walk to get there. Honestly though, it looks exactly like all the other redwoods. I would have thought it was going to be much bigger than them. I personally felt the tree in front of the redwood museum was more fun to take pictures with and of. It was snowing when we were there, and the trails were all ice so that put a damper in getting to any actual hiking.

hiking
22 days ago

Pretty cool to see the biggest tree in the World. Very easy- anyone can do it!

hiking
1 month ago

It was cool to see the biggest tree in the world, but it isn’t really a hike. It is sort of one of those things that you do to say that you have done it, but aren’t dying to do again. Would recommend going when it is not busy (early morning or offseason) so that it is easier to take pictures without worrying about other people being in it.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail! A little crowded today and the trail was icy. Can’t wait to come back in the Spring! Happy New Year!

nature trips
1 month ago

THIS BEAUTIFUL TREE IS NAMED AFTER A RACIST? What will blow your mind even more is that the tree is located in the Sequoia national park and Sequoia is the name of a man who backed Andrew Jackson. Yes the same Andrew Jackson that forced Cherokee natives on the trail of tears. General Sherman was a racist and led not just to the extermination and relocation of thousands of indigenous people to reservations, but the annihilation of nearly all of the wild buffalo. If you don't believe me here is a quote.

"The more Indians we can kill this year the fewer we will need to kill the next, because the more I see of the Indians the more convinced I become that they must either all be killed or be maintained as a species of pauper. Their attempts at civilization is ridiculous..." -Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

2 months ago

It’s just a walk but it worth it to see

2 months ago

One of those things you “have” to see... but definitely not exciting. A long walk (downhill) on cement - my knees weren’t a fan of that bit after a previous hike. Then a ton of people crowded around a tree for photos.... just don’t make this the only thing you do that day and you’re golden. Maybe go earlier too.. then a lovely walk back uphill on cement...

hiking
2 months ago

Can’t go to Sequoia without taking the short hike down to see the General Sherman. Highly recommend continuing on the the Congress Trail while you’re down there. One of my favorite hikes anywhere.

walking
2 months ago

Lovely short walk with many sequoia tree displays. Information boards are really useful. Was November and still very busy with people but quite a big car park. Toilets at the car park. Wheel chair accessible as is all paved out but big hill to get up and down to go see trees.

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike, but the elevation will definitely catch up to you on your way back to the railhead. Great for a quick stop and photo-op.

hiking
3 months ago

amazing to see the biggest tree in the world, super easy hike, can even take shuttle back to trailhead if you don't want to hike back, but very very crowded

3 months ago

Easy walk down to “General Sherman”, but the climb back will tax the heart. High elevation, remember to breathe

4 months ago

Short steep hike on paved trail with lots of steps. The trees make it a 5 star walk. All down hill to the tree and all back up. My mother has walking difficulties so my kids walked her down to the handicap access from General Sherman, i busted it back up to the parking lot and picked them up.

walking
4 months ago

We visited the General Sherman Trail on June 30th. The trees are definitely something to see!
It’s a paved easy walk. Go early if you want a less crowded visit.
If you’re not up for walking or have any sort of physical handicap, they have a easy to use shuttle system throughout the park that is very accommodating.
If you want a photo with the General Sherman Tree there will be a line that starts to form.
Be a pal and take the picture for the person before you.
It’s one of the worlds coolest trees. So by all means, get your photo.
After 10am this place turns into a total tourist spot and every tree becomes a live photo shoot for Instagram.
If you visit just be considerate and enjoy the moment.
But seriously, go see the trees!

hiking
4 months ago

Not a hike, a great way to see General Sherman, the largest tree on the planet. Have to agree on getting there early. It is just a taste of what you can experience if you can afford the time to go on some of the Giant Trees trails where you can be away from the crowds.
Gave it a down check because I had been on the other trails around it and the crowds really detract from how neat the experience is.

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hiking
4 months ago

Very easy walk. The way is paved so anybody can do it. Worth doing it, you’ll see general Sherman at the end.

5 months ago

Not really a hike, nice paved walk to see General Sherman. I thought the General Grant tree in Kings Canyon was a much more majestic tree and the short hike was much less crowded. Glad I saw both.

hiking
5 months ago

easy walk to see some BIG trees. arrived around 730-8am and there were only a few other people but more were coming in on the way out. get here early!!

hiking
5 months ago

We are staying at the Azalea Campground and started out with this easy trail. It’s my first time at this park and it’s absolutely majestic and wonderful. This trail is an easy introduction to the park. It’s 2 miles from the campground and it was not crowded at all. There were no buses parked when we went so maybe we just got lucky. I’m giving this a 5 Star because it’s easy, well paved, worth the hike, and leisurely.

hiking
5 months ago

Very Steep, but paved. There is also a shuttle option. We didn't follow all the side trails, but it was amazing to see all the trees!

hiking
5 months ago

Get up early and go! easy trail! It gets crowded fast! Very beautiful but there is a line to take a picture with the General Sherman Tree!

hiking
6 months 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
6 months 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!!

6 months ago

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

7 months 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.

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