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Giant Forest Loop Trail

EASY 52 reviews
#8 of 86 trails in

Giant Forest Loop Trail is a 7 mile lightly 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 trail running and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

no dogs

4 months ago

Absolutely stunning trail

hiking
4 months ago

We made this a 9.2 mile hike by taking the Trail of the Sequoias out to the High Sierra Trail to see Eagle View. Had lunch at Crescent Meadow and looped back up the Congress Trail. Glad we saw General Sherman early because the tourists were swarming by the time we returned. Once we left the paved area, we saw no other people again until Crescent Meadow. The hike back up to the parking lot is definitely no fun after a 9 miler. What was annoying though was picking up other people’s trash. Brought back water bottles we found left behind on the Congress Trail. No respect for such a magnificent area.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy going loop. I skipped it the first time around because of snow but went back during the warmer times of the year. A bit congested at some points but nothing too crazy.

6 months ago

Easy and quiet, just enjoy the Sequoias. Not many people do the entire loop.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike through the Sequioas! Great views and once you get away from the tourist crowd it's a very peaceful hike surrounded by nature. Took a lunch break at Crescent Meadows then made our way back to General Sherman and boy was it crowded. It was a steep hike back up to the trailhead.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! We started early this morning before the crowds hit, and did the touristy stuff, General Sherman, etc. Once you get past the touristy areas and off the paved trails, you find yourself in amazing groves of Sequoias with few people around. The trails are well maintained and marked well.

8 months ago

The earlier sections of this trail can be quite crowded, but it’s worth it to see the groves of giant sequoias! We did it in the late afternoon on a weekday in mid-Summer and there were some crowds, but the free shuttle bus between trail heads and the parking lots made it super easy to get around (if you’ve already hiked lots that morning like we had and don’t feel like hiking the whole way!).

hiking
8 months ago

Super easy

walking
8 months ago

This is a short beautiful trail through the forest. There’s paved walkways which makes it a very easy stroll. Beautiful trees and meadow. Highly recommend.

9 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails in Sequoia. It’s easy enough that you can spend a lot of time looking around while covering a lot of ground. You can also make your own loops which is really fun and then you can go for as long as you’d like!

9 months ago

Wonderful. This hike is totally surrounded by big trees, with a few small critters and a couple of small creek crossings along the way. Great for scenery and escaping the crowds. After we got past the Senate group of trees we only saw a few people for about 3 miles. You go up and down in elevation along the way and then mostly up when you return on the Sherman Trail. Trail markers at most intersections to help you navigate.

hiking
9 months ago

This loop includes all you are supposed to see around there. Not great, but easy little cute hike with big trees and birds.

Super easy trail. More touristy than adventure but still very much worth the experience.

11 months ago

Nice hike

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Technically several trails done together. Make sure to start at Crescent Meadow and not General Sherman unless you want to end your day on 240ft incline. Other than that the trails passes the world's biggest field of poison oak for a bit so watch out on Trail of Seqiouas.

Amazing trail otherwise.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Great easy walk through incredible nature - I jumped on this track at the intersection of Congress Trail at the Chief Sequoya tree and followed the loop anti-clockwise all the way back. Easy grade with a couple of mild up-hill points. I had a lot of alone time on the trail but did run into a few other humans at either end. Saw woodpeckers, deer, chipmunks, and a marmot, in addition to stunning trees and some beautiful clearings.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Easy and adds valuable info to your appreciation of the amazing Sequoia trees!!!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Just did this whole loop this morning. Thanks to whoever put this one together. It's a stunning walk. The best part is the outer part once you get on the dirt trails and out through the meadows. 5 stars all the way.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Beautiful walk

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

I went there 2 years ago during spring break. Very beautiful!

hiking
Saturday, March 19, 2016

The trees an meadows are beautiful.

hiking
Friday, June 05, 2015

Beautiful scenery, the giant sequoias are majestic and many trails to connect to create a longer hike if needed.

hiking
Thursday, August 22, 2013

An amazing hike, just keep an eye open for the wildlife. Along the way I diverted onto the Bear Bathtub trail head about .4 miles in I came across a bear cub. After standing in awe of it all, I snapped back into reality and realized that the mother bear was some where around the area I was in. I quickly turned around and continued on my hike.

hiking
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Really fun and beautiful hike. Not too challenging but an enjoyable workout.

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