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Giant Forest Loop Trail is a 10.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Three Rivers, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

Length 10.8 km Elevation gain 373 m Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Forest Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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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.

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Taylor Brunson
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Denny Presgrove
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We made a couple of wrong turns so 6.7 miles turned into 12.1 almost killed the wife lol. I do want people to know that this is not a recognized trail that SNP has signs for. It is a combination of several trails and I strongly recommend using the app to download before you go. I messed up reading my map so got to see a lot more big trees hehe. Additionally we did the whole 12.1 miles in hiking sandals which would be fine for the actual hike just not 12 miles! Truly beautiful and awe inspiring tho. We got there so early we had the General Sherman tree all to ourselves if you can believe it! People started showing up as we were stepping off the paved portion of the trail (perfect timing) . Weather was very nice smoke did not really bother us. I will say the overlook views were quite diminished due to smoke. Beautiful place I highly recommend you visiting if you haven’t already.

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Alex Negrete
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Plenty of parking when I got to the trailhead at 9am. A decent crowd at General Sherman so I'd suggest knocking that photo opp out ASAP. Once you get off the paved path it's quite isolated. I felt like I had the whole trail to myself. I consider this a must if you're visiting Sequoia. Every giant sequoia is no less impressive than Sherman. The hike is mostly flat and very easy on the legs. Also the bathrooms at the trailhead are open.

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Stacy Davis
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HikingGreat!

This trail starts off in a high traffic area but then branches off into the wilderness. Make sure to down load map before going to the park if you use Verizon little to no reception.

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Dante Borradori
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easy, peaceful beautiful trail day.

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Andy Mandy
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The earlier the better! Went around 9 which was already a bit crowded, but once you get off the paved area it’s a lot more isolated. When I got back to the trail head around 12:30 it was madness. Crowds on crowds of people, many not wearing masks or respecting distancing, and there was a huge line of cars waiting to get parking. Otherwise, the hike itself was gorgeous with beautiful giant sequoias everywhere and the meadows were so green and serene. It was definitely an easy stroll through the sequoias!

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Kristoff Fajardo
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Awesome trail! Very easy on the legs. Amazing views! Lots of amazing trees and meadows. A must trail at Sequoia National Park .

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Tom Rubendall
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excellent hike. once you get off the pavement the crowds disappear.

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Nicholas Scherer
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Big trees!

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James Lin
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vikas moll
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Michael Cho
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When I think of Sequoia National Park, this trail is exactly what I imagine. It’s super packed in the beginning, but once you get onto congress trail the crowd dies away, and once you get onto the trail of the sequoias it’s god damn beautiful. Bring lots of water! Pick up your trash, and check out Sherman when you finish.

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Emily Needell
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Beautiful trail!!! One of the best hikes in Sequoia, a museum/art gallery of the incredible sequoia trees. Recommend using All Trails or a map, but it’s not that hard to navigate. Bring water, snacks, and your camera!!! Can’t wait to go again

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Frankie Briseno
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Great 4 hour hike. Most of it is not heavily trafficked so you get real good stretches of just you and the forest. Beware of bears and other wildlife.

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Brian Trinh
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Loved it. Less people. Beautiful scenery. Even fish nearby.

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Erik Pedersen
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Great hike. Mostly shaded. It was 90+ in Three Rivers but pleasant on the trail. There are a lot of trails in this area and it can be easy to get confused. We downloaded the map which helped a lot. The high altitude definitely made it feel longer than 7 miles. Ate lunch at Tharp’s cabin which was a great spot. Pack water.

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Julien Piet
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Dre Cox
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Easy walk, best views I have seen so far on my little experience of exploration

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Love Kia
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First off make sure you take a map, and plenty of water and snacks. We did this trail with the family and enjoyed the giant tree views. But not too many trail sign so easy to get lost. Perfect for my older kids (8+) but not very stroller friendly.

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Robyn Pariser
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Nice hike. In the woods the whole time with only one vista. Good if you’re here a couple of days. So many huge trees!

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Omri Horowitz
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Quintessential hike for Sequoia. Once you leave the main pavement you’re pretty much to yourself (at least in my experience). Beautiful trees and meadows. A bit buggy but that’s to be expected in the woods.

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Marcy Laufer
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This is a great trail except one thing: because this is a combination of so many trails, it’s extremely easy to get lost as trail signs are far and few, and overall confusing at times. On our way back from general sherman tree to the crescent meadows parking lot, it was unclear where the trail continued after its intersection with the Alta trail. Make sure to take a map with you, and look carefully for the trail continuing on if its paved and then the paving ends. There is also a point where the trail intersects with a sign that says “parking lot” with an arrow in both directions. Make sure to know which way you came from, and follow the signs don’t look at a GPS - it will get you lost. We came across about 3 other families trying to find their way back to the crescent meadows parking lot on our way back.

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Justin Oroz
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Jentel Das
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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 .

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Val Martinez-Rodriguez
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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.

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Lisa Preston Langley
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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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Alexandra Medina
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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)

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Blake Merritt
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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.

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

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