Giant Forest Museum Trailhead, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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Home to General Sherman, the largest tree (and living thing) in the world, Giant Forest Museum Trailhead, contains 12 of the top 40 giant sequoias. You'll feel like an ant as you walk along the 3.2 km (2 mi) Congress Trail; the sheer enormity of the trees towering above gives this area its name. Other noteworthy trees found here include: General Grant, the second largest sequoia tree in the world (estimated to be over 3,000 years old), and the equally impressive President Tree. Watch for wildlife ranging from squirrels to deer to black bears. Make sure to visit the museum where you'll learn how tree bark up to 0.5 m (18 in) thick protects these colossal creatures from fire. Put Giant Forest Museum Trailhead at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation builder.
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  • We started the day with a frosty welcome from Rangers which oblige us to rent chains ($70) over the entrance ($30). Come a little far from other Rangers tell us that with our 4 x 4 channels are not necessary... in short the addition is salty. On the park only 2 open roads, do as many miles to pay so much and have access to only 2 points of view... certainly the landscapes are magnificent. Tip do not visit this park in winter or spring. The Rangers are not friendly. You feel a little frustrated by leaving this place. Fortunately other national parks leave us a favorite memory.
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  • The walk through the Giant Forest is easy and awesome! Make sure that you read the history of the trees and their basis of survival...Forest Fires. I know that it does not seem logical, but it is the ...  more »
  • This area has many beautiful redwoods including the General Sherman tree. The hike is downhill going to the tree but very steep returning to the parking area.  more »
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  • A museum and visitor center next to the Sentinel Tree and the big parking lot. You can park your car here and use the shuttles. Very informative and helpful museum. Takes 10 min too see everything inside.
  • Very picturesque place. Very well kept grounds. Easy trails are nearby.
  • Big trees those you cannot find. If you need some refreshment, try to get there. But it is hard to find the parking space.
  • Friendly staff help you find the best trails and give you trail conditions.
  • Workers were racist! My children hate the mountains now as a result of the conduct of the workers. Very unexeptable

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