The General Sherman Sequoia Tree Hiking Trail

Hike Overview

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Hiking Trail

The General Sherman Tree Trail: Kings Canyon National Park is a necessary visit for any hiking or outdoor enthusiast! Established in 1949, Kings Canyon National Park covers over 460,000 acres and is famous for its giant sequoias, including the legendary, General Sherman Tree.

Standing over 275 feet tall, The General Sherman Tree is the largest tree in the world! The tree was named after the American Civil War General Sherman in 1879.

Open all seasons, the hike to world’s tallest tree is a relatively short 1-2 mile hike. It is ideal for hikers of levels and a fun all-around family outdoor adventure. If you explore this hike during the winter, be cautious of ice and wear all-around weather shoes. If you enjoy this hike during the summer, go early as to help avoid the summer crowds.

Exploring King Canyon National Park is an epic adventure and one that will open your heart to the beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains & Sequoias! Enjoy!

Estimated Time: 1 hour

Total Distance: 1-2 miles (round-trip)

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The General Sherman Tree stands at over 275 feet!

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The General Sherman is the largest known living tree in the world.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Photo Gallery

The General Sherman Sequoia Tree Image Gallery (click on image to rotate through image/s) 

When to Go

Year-Round: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is open year-round. However, sections of the park are only open during the summer months. If you desire less crowds and more open space, it’s recommended to visit during the off-summer months.

Dog Friendly

No, dogs are not allowed on the hiking trails at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.

General Sherman Tree Hiking Trail Map

Trail Directions

General Sherman Hiking Trail Address GPS Coordinates: (36.581995, -118.751496)

There is an entrance fee to enter the Kings Canyon National Park.

Why We Liked It

We loved exploring the sequoias in Kings Canyon National Park & seeing the General Sherman Tree! Although it was winter and a little difficult to walk around all of the trails, hiking through the snow added to the adventure and limited the amount of other hikers. Furthermore, we also really enjoyed hiking through the middle of a hallow sequoia. It was impressive to come up close with these national gems!

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