General Sherman Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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General Sherman Tree--a giant sequoia that is 83.8 m (275 ft) tall and about 2,500 years old--is the crown jewel of the Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest. By volume, it is the largest tree in the world and ranks among the biggest on the planet in both height and diameter. The trail leading from the parking lot to the tree is paved, and even though it has steep sections, it's not a difficult hike. Because the tree is a major attraction, you might have to wait for your turn to take a picture next to it. Using our world travel planner, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions like General Sherman Tree can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We enjoyed the General Grant "hike" more because it was less crowded and more nature-y, but General Sherman is not to be missed. It is so impressive, and you can learn some history on signage on the.....  more
    We enjoyed the General Grant "hike" more because it was less crowded and more nature-y, but General Sherman is not to be missed. It is so impressive, and you can learn some history on signage on the.....  more »
  • Incredible experience to see these majestic trees. The trail leading down to the General Sherman is not too bad. The climb back up was more strenuous. We had to take multiple breaks, but we made... 
    Incredible experience to see these majestic trees. The trail leading down to the General Sherman is not too bad. The climb back up was more strenuous. We had to take multiple breaks, but we made...  more »
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  • Great little hike for Saturday morning. Biggest tree in the world, not the tallest. It is definitely BIG huge. He hike was capped off with, what seemed to be a younger bear just strolling by. Not caring about anyone. It's a paved trail, so really easy to navigate. If you do this, keep going on the Congress Trail. There are some great trees there too.
  • So. The walk to the giant tree is paved. Would be difficult for someone that's in a wheelchair or having help to walk. The distance is roughly a little less than a mile. Overall this is a beautiful place. Great place to bring your kids. Let them run around and blow of all that energy. So the drive home will be quiet and relaxing.

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