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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  • An amazing tree! I loved it but it was super busy so put it at the beginning or the end of your day to avoid waiting to take your picture at the sign. Congress trail is nearby and worth the hike... 
    An amazing tree! I loved it but it was super busy so put it at the beginning or the end of your day to avoid waiting to take your picture at the sign. Congress trail is nearby and worth the hike...  more »
  • Amazing! Until you see how big this tree is, it’s hard to describe. The walk down was nice, back up… not so much. I was surprised there wasn’t water available at the bottom. It would have been... 
    Amazing! Until you see how big this tree is, it’s hard to describe. The walk down was nice, back up… not so much. I was surprised there wasn’t water available at the bottom. It would have been...  more »
  • I have wanted to see this for many years and this was the year and I’m so very happy I got there!! To look at the sequoias is a magical feeling but to see the Gen Sherman feels like a religious... 
    I have wanted to see this for many years and this was the year and I’m so very happy I got there!! To look at the sequoias is a magical feeling but to see the Gen Sherman feels like a religious...  more »
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  • Very cool, but honestly some of the other trees were more impressive to me. I think it's more about the history and feeling small in a big world. It's a big reminder to enjoy the moment because this tree was here before you and will be here after you, so nothing you do matters.
  • It is an experience everyone should have at least once. Seeing the largest organism on earth is moving. Fortunately the fire didn't damage this area. We also strongly recommend climbing up Moro rock, not difficult. The views are spectacular!
  • This tree is huge! Pictures do not do it justice!
  • Definitely more crowded here on a Saturday than at King's Canyon National Park; probably due to the weather being so nice. This is a popular tourist attraction at Sequoia National Park. There is a warning that you're at 7,000 ft elevation and there is a 200 ft elevation drop between the parking lot and where the tree is located. It's a 1 mile walk round-trip with the return trip being up hill. There are several benches to stop and rest though. Definitely worth it to see the tree up close but there was a line to take a picture of the tree with the marquee sign in front of it. This is the largest tree, by volume, in the world!
  • It's Sequoia ! What else need I say - unbelievable, amazing, incredible !!!! It gets busy ...real busy ... But it gets quiet too it's an awe inspiring beautiful place - of your reading this review deciding weather to go and see for yourself DO iT!!!! I've made it to quite a few national parks and this 1 is absolutely way WAY up toward the top (I can't give it the top spot because our national park system has some really amazing places so it's it's tricky to rate but it's up there ....top three!!!

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