Giant Forest Loop Trail

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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

hiking
bugs
scramble
2 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

Lovely!

hiking
4 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
5 months ago

Nice trail. Must do if you visit Sequoia.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing the giant trees! Easy walk.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Super.

8 months ago

wonderful and not too crowded

hiking
scramble
snow
8 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
8 months ago

Tue Nov 13 2018

Absolutely stunning trail

hiking
Sun Oct 21 2018

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
Mon Oct 01 2018

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.

Sun Sep 16 2018

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

hiking
Wed Aug 15 2018

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
Fri Aug 10 2018

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.

Sun Jul 08 2018

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
Sun Jul 01 2018

Super easy

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