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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. Plan to see General Sherman Tree and other attractions that appeal to you using our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park family vacation planner.
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  • This should be one of the wonders of the world. The biggest tree in the world is a site to see. While granted the surrounding trees are also just a breathtaking, it makes you realize that these tree e...  more »
  • We were in the winter (January 17, 2017). It is easy to park. The trail is quiet, but obviously walk on ice requires balance and disposition (my daughters with 7 and 9 years were good and fun enough). The sequoias that are there are wonderful and awe-inspiring. Is simply not to be missed this trail
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  • October 10, 2016. It was so dry up there....sad that California is a tinder box. Very busy on our visit but always great to see all these monster trees up close. An amazing site and it was a great opp...  more »
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  • It was cool to experience but actually walking through the park the trees seem taller. With the General Sherman tree the base is just more wide (more mass) than the other trees. I'd recommend taking a walk through the park to see the rest of the Sequoias!
  • These giant trees are great. Its like being in a magical land of the giants. Short hike down hill to get to Sherman. Tree is magnificent. Always a bunch of people lining up to take pics with the tree. Just tell them to get out the way and sometimes they'll listen.
  • It feels like you are transported to a completely different planet when you're walking around here. It's not just one big tree, but a collection of some of the biggest trees on the planet. Truly awe-inspiring.
  • Simply amazing and awe inspiring to be near such a wonderspecial of nature. They are so big, they looked fake when I first laid eyes on them. The environment they live in is so beautiful. A must see if you feel close to nature.
  • The biggest tree in the world! Awe inspiringly beautiful! Definitely worth the small hike from the parking lot to see it!