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Giant Forest Loop Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 and running and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,282 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

running

forest

partially paved

no dogs

The trailhead at General Sherman Tree parking lot is about 5 minutes away from the Lodgepole Visitor Center. It is a very popular hike in the summertime, so you may need to park your car at the visitor center and hop on the free shuttle to the trailhead lot. Unless you have the annual interagency pass, you must pay a $35 fee to enter the park. This trail will take you through the heart of the giant sequoia forest, which is home to about half of the earth’s largest and longest-living trees with over 8,000 of them. At the last half mile you will be able to admire the majestic General Sherman Tree. Dated to be around 2,100 years old, 100 feet wide, and 275 feet tall it is the largest living tree in the world! The park is open year-round and makes for a spectacular winter destination, though some roads will be closed in the winter time due to snow. You should still be able to access the trailhead, though car chains may be required. There is a restroom at the parking lot but no water or services, so be sure to pack accordingly. Dogs are not allowed on the trail or on any non-paved area (campsites excluded) in the park.

hiking
3 days ago

this trail is a great combination of a number of the great trails in the area. you get general sherman, crescent meadow, Congress loop, the president, stovepipe tree, cattleman's cabin and a lot more. when you get to the President tree you break off the paved path and the crowds melt away.

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over grown
5 days ago

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over grown
26 days ago

Very beautiful hike, I would say it is an easy hike, more moderate as it’s steep at some points and not that good path. In the beginning and end of the trail it’s a paved path .

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike in the summer (2018) and the tall trees offered all the shade we needed to complete the hike with kids.. taking it slow and steady. This was the last hike of our day and it was a good thing cause we were tired .. (after Moro rock) so much fun and adventure.

hiking
4 months ago

I loved this trail. I got to the parking lot about 10 am and snagged the last spot. By the time I was done around 3 pm everyone was double and triple parked. That was a little crazy. So go early. The trail itself intersects with many other trails. I can see why people are reviewing this as longer than listed (perhaps they explored these) . I followed the trail on here and it was exactly the milage listed. I went early March and there was snow on parts of the trail. It was doable in durable, waterproof hiking shoes. I didn't slip or slide on any ice. I did sink down in the snow a few times up to mid shin. It was beautiful and so much fun.

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icy
snow
5 months ago

Trail was mostly compacted snow, but doable for us in regular hiking boots. Crowded at general sherman but otherwise it seemed we had the trail to ourselves.

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icy
off trail
snow
5 months ago

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bugs
scramble
8 months ago

Good for hiking and trail running (except the sugar pine trail (stretch between Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow) which is more technical, gotta watch your step more carefully. Beautiful views! Easy long run but for adapting to the altitude. Mostly downhill on trail of the Sequoias through Moro Rock trail. Ran into bugs just before hitting Moro Rock. They followed me a good ways into the Moro Rock trail. Stopped at the Giant Forest Museum for a restroom break (restrooms at crescent meadows and Moro Rock). Uphill on Rimrock trail all the way back to the General Sherman tree. Amazing run through the giants!! Loved it. Great way to catch views of the valley, and enjoy the giant trees. ***Note my Garmin recorded distance at 11.08 miles, elevation gain at 1,759ft*** but I extended my route with a few additional trails not part of this original loop (see my recording)

hiking
8 months ago

Would highly recommend this trail. It was longer than advertised but we certainly took the scenic route and took photo detours. Gorgeous trail and it quietens down after you Leave the General Sherman area like everyone else has said. About halfway through you also get a couple of high elevation mountain range views. But the solitude of the majority of the trail made the 10 miles well worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Great views of Sequoias for most of the trail. Signage is confusing at times or nonexistent.

hiking
8 months ago

Best trail in the area, i recommend it. The first part with Sherman and congress trail is a little bit boring and overcrowded but once you turn left on the "Sequoia trail", you are all alone in that Giant Forest and the experience is much better (we met only another couple). The map does not show the good trail that goes around Log Meadows (far south). When we passed by there, there were no trail going above the 2 tiny creeks and around the north of Log meadows. Then we went along he Log meadows and around on the south part of it, just below the High sierra trail. It worth it to do that and it adds just a little extra (it's mostly flat ground). We reconnected the trail by going along the east part of crescent meadow trail. Beside that, the trail is well indicated with signs all the way. That part from crescent meadow back to congress trail is the most interesting part in terms of Giant Sequoias. Extremely nice but not better than Muir grove.

hiking
9 months ago

we left wuksachi lodge at 7:30 on 10/1/19 and went to Moro rock first. only one other couple at the top. great views. then went to crescent meadow parking and started this hike clockwise. saw momma bear with two cubs about half way to the Sherman tree. saw no other people until we got to the paved section near the Sherman tree. after Sherman tree we got back on dirt path and had trail to ourselves until we got on paved path after tharps log. these trees are special. very happy we got the opportunity to see them. we ended up at 7.5 miles when we got back to parking at crescent meadow. from there we went to the museum and got the answers to all the questions we had about the giant trees. then to the lodgepole visitor center.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Just make sure you know where to go, not manny signs on the trails

hiking
9 months ago

too much paved trail. trees are spectacular. agree it's rather easy mostly, but took wrong way a few times and added some extra. too many people on the paved. not many as you get further.

hiking
9 months ago

We got here at 9 am on saturday morning. parking wasnt bad. Trail head is located next to the parking lot. its all paved all the way down to sherry tree and alittle beyond. its a fun trail to hike. lots of weekend traffic at the front of the trail. once you trek to the back end where the trail becomes dirt, its alot less traffic.

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely!

hiking
10 months ago

A must do when visiting Sequoia National Park. We started at 7:30am and it was the perfect time. We were the only ones on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail. Must do if you visit Sequoia.

hiking
10 months ago

first part is crowded, but once you pass Congress trail you are secluded

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bugs
10 months ago

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11 months ago

Amazing the giant trees! Easy walk.

hiking
11 months ago

Just check before you go. Went today on 7/10 and the congress trail was closed due to a controlled burn.

hiking
Sun Jun 30 2019

Super.

Mon May 20 2019

wonderful and not too crowded

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scramble
snow
Tue Apr 30 2019

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