“one of the oldest and largest living organisms on earth”
The General Sherman Tree is the world's largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet (5.3 m) in diameter. Visiting the General Sherman Tree Two trails lead to the Sherman Tree. Parking for the Main Trail is off the Wolverton Road (between the Sherman Tree and Lodgepole); just follow signs. The trail runs half a mile (0.8 km) down to the tree. It has a few stairs and is paved. As you walk, you'll enter the Giant Forest sequoia grove. Exhibits along the trail explain the natural history of giant sequoias. The walk back is uphill. Those with disability parking placards can park in a small lot along the edge of the Generals Highway. From there, a wheelchair-accessible trail leads a short distance to the tree. If you don't have a placard but can't manage the Main Trail, during shuttle season you can ride park shuttles (all are wheelchair accessible, and some kneel) to the accessible trail. Another option, if you can do the initial downhill walk, is to park at the Main Trail, walk down to the Sherman Tree, then continue down to the shuttle stop along the Generals Highway. A shuttle can return you to your parking area, eliminating the uphill walk. A fence protects the shallow roots of the Sherman Tree. Please help us protect the tree by staying on the paved trail. The Sherman Tree in Winter Once much snow falls, the main parking area off the Wolverton Road closes and the accessible parking area on the Generals Highway becomes available for all. The trail from there to the Sherman Tree is not steep but can be very snowy or icy. Please be careful, and if you choose to walk, avoid stepping in ski tracks. The timing of winter snow varies tremendously between seasons and is very difficult to predict. Snow can fall anytime from October into June. Check current conditions for more information. On some winter holiday weekends, a winter shuttle may provide transportation from Lodgepole and Wuksachi to the Sherman Tree Trail. Exploring Further Hundreds of monarch sequoias grow in the Giant Forest sequoia grove. The Congress Trail, a paved two-mile loop that begins near the Sherman Tree, offers excellent opportunities to see notable trees. Big Trees Trail, a one-mile (1.6 km) loop around a lush meadow, has interpretive exhibits about the natural history of giant sequoias. For a longer walk, explore the many miles of trails in the area. Beyond the Giant Forest, more sequoia groves await. Visit the world's second-largest tree, the General Grant Tree in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. Other groves such as Redwood Canyon and Muir Grove are destinations for longer hikes.
Wear bug spray!
It's a nice long drive to get here, and the park itself is incredible. The tree is considered overrated, but it's still pretty beautiful.
Go early before the crowds come so you can get a good shot.
this tree was actually really impressive, but even early its impossible to get a picture of yourself by it because there are too many people trying to do the same thing. its also impossible to do justice to it with a photo. well worth the half mile walk to get to it from the parking area
Now this is a big tree and you can tell from all the others
It is very difficult to wrap the brain around how large this tree really is. A must see.
A little overrated but a novelty in itself so go anyway! A LOT of litter and trash along the walkway because people don't know how to act in public places. Go early in the morning to avoid crowds and please care for our public lands.
They are so impressive!
Worth every second - the drive up is beautiful and the Sherman/Congress Trails are both great for novice hikers. Must see!
How anyone can call this awe inspiring sight "overrated" has a soul problem. There are no words to describe the feeling of walking under these trees. Bucket list must see to believe. Very worth the walk, take a jacket, be prepared to walk back at a constant incline. Pictures WILL NOT capture the splendor...
Amazing place. Remember to fill up your gas tank before going into the park.
Beautiful & incredible
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