Big Trees Trail. Limited spots so people get a little edgy for a spot. One of the best hikes in Sequoia, a museum/art gallery of the incredible sequoia trees. The Forest Giants trail is an out and back trail, one mile each way. Did this 12/21, snow on the trail with a few slippery spots further in. One of the best ways to get to know the Giant Forest and its trees is to visit the Giant Forest Museum. Big Trees Trail offers an easy, educational, and beautiful hike through giant sequoias in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest. But not too many trail sign so easy to get lost. In a short distance reach a second junction with the Huckleberry Meadow trail. The Congress Trail, a paved two-mile loop that begins near the Sherman Tree, offers excellent opportunities to see notable trees. Along the trail, you'll see impressively large giant sequoia trees, estimated up to 1,500 years old. Amazing views! The Hazelwood Nature Trail is a gentle one-mile loop in Giant Forest, just east of the Giant Forest Museum. Came on a Friday in December and didn’t see anyone on the trail once we passed the Sherman Tree area. Great 4 hour hike. 2. This is just one of the park’s many interpretive forest trails leadin… Didn’t complete the whole trail but plan to next time. Parking for people with disability placards is available at the trailhead. The trail to Tokopah Falls starts just beyond the Marble Fork Bridge in Lodgepole Campground. Nice hike. A massive sequoia near the junction with the Alta Trail. Start at Giant Forest Museum and follow the paved, accessible trail from there. General Sherman Tree Getting to Mt Whitney via Giant Forest - involves a serious backpack to be sure. once you get off the pavement the crowds disappear. We did this trail with the family and enjoyed the giant tree views. It was 90+ in Three Rivers but pleasant on the trail. Big Trees Trail is a level and paved nature trail circling 0.8 miles beneath towering sequoias along the edges of Round Meadow. Really nice trail. Beautiful trail with lots of wildlife around. When the free park shuttles are running (late May to early September and, some years, Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years), you can park at the main lot, walk down to the tree, then continue towards the Generals Highway to catch a shuttle back to the main parking. There are a lot of trails in this area and it can be easy to get confused. The earlier the better! Just before reaching the meadow pass a junction with the trail to Huckleberry Meadow, branching right. The trail starts to the left of a small meadow, surrounded by several mature Giant Sequoia trees, pines and firs, along with small, gentle creek beds. Long Meadow Grove (341 acres) offers a spectacular hike at the Trail of 100 Giants, a mile-long fully accessible interpretive trail. It’s super packed in the beginning, but once you get onto congress trail the crowd dies away, and once you get onto the trail of the sequoias it’s god damn beautiful. Great hike. Please be aware that pets are not allowed on any trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It is a very popular hike in the summertime, so you may need to park your car at the visitor center and hop on the free shuttle to the trailhead lot. The route crosses with other trails along the way so come prepared with navigation. The parking area is two miles (3.2 km) from the Generals Highway. The trail now descends on moderate grades to the northern end of Crescent Meadow. Weather was very nice smoke did not really bother us. 3. A spectacular view of the Great Western Divide and the western half of the park. There is a restroom at the parking lot but no water or services, so be sure to pack accordingly. Very easy on the legs. A $10 donation is suggested per car for non-members. Sequoia National Park: Giant Forest Loop This rolling, 7-mile hike travels through some of the largest trees on earth. Most of it is not heavily trafficked so you get real good stretches of just you and the forest. On our way back from general sherman tree to the crescent meadows parking lot, it was unclear where the trail continued after its intersection with the Alta trail. Sequoia National Park charges a fee to enter. Giant Forest Loop Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. I do want people to know that this is not a recognized trail that SNP has signs for. Make sure to keep an eye on each directory to prevent getting lost. Good if you’re here a couple of days. We made a couple of wrong turns so 6.7 miles turned into 12.1 almost killed the wife lol. Time: 1 hour round-trip. For accessible parking and an accessible trail, stop at the small parking area along the Generals Highway two miles (3.2 km) north of the Giant Forest Museum. 47050 Generals Highway One of the most beautiful hikes I have been on. This trail will take you through the heart of the giant sequoia forest, which is home to about half of the earth’s largest and longest-living trees with over 8,000 of them. Truly beautiful and awe inspiring tho. I felt like I had the whole trail to myself. Weather was chilly with clear skies at the start but warmed up with the sun breaking through the trees. Went around 9 which was already a bit crowded, but once you get off the paved area it’s a lot more isolated. The Main Parking and Trailhead are just off Wolverton Road, which leaves the Generals Highway just north of the Sherman Tree area (between Lodgepole and the Sherman Tree). 4. Quintessential hike for Sequoia. By the time we got back to the paved trails the park was booming with people and noise. Mostly shaded. This montane forest, situated at over 6,000 feet above mean sea level in the western Sierra Nevada of California, covers an area of 1,880 acres. This trail starts off in a high traffic area but then branches off into the wilderness. The first part is all paved but once we got a little further out it was a dirt path. Visitors to the Giant Forest use a lot of the same words to describe it, including "awe-inspiring," "amazing" and a "must-see." Once you get off the paved path it's quite isolated. Plenty of parking when I got to the trailhead at 9am. Giant Forest Loop Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. First time hiking the trail today, started around 8 am with only a handful of others around. Lots of amazing trees and meadows. Dated to be around 2,100 years old, 100 feet wide, and 275 feet tall it is the largest and tallest living tree in the world! Hundreds of monarch sequoias grow in the Giant Forest sequoia grove. The trail then crosses the Big Prairie - a … Magical hike off the beaten track among silent giants. Paved trail, fully accessible. A must trail at Sequoia National Park . Dogs are not allowed on the trail or on any non-paved area (campsites excluded) in the park. The centerpiece of Sequoia National Park is the Giant Forest, home to the world’s biggest tree (by volume) and the best sequoia grove, by far, for hiking. Colorful trailside panels describe sequoia ecology. Otherwise, the hike itself was gorgeous with beautiful giant sequoias everywhere and the meadows were so green and serene. Visitors flock to this park institution to: 1. The path starts at Giant Forest Village and follows the top of a ridge that has great views westwards, over Sequoia Creek and the entrance road. I consider this a must if you're visiting Sequoia. Recreational users can access the trail from the West End Rd. Background. Make sure to down load map before going to the park if you use Verizon little to no reception. A decent crowd at General Sherman so I'd suggest knocking that photo opp out ASAP. Didn’t need chains but carried them in the car just in case. We downloaded the map which helped a lot. We got there so early we had the General Sherman tree all to ourselves if you can believe it! Beware of bears and other wildlife. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. We came across about 3 other families trying to find their way back to the crescent meadows parking lot on our way back. The hike is mostly flat and very easy on the legs. The trail is well marked but some areas are poorly maintained. The trail to the right leads to the Washington Tree and Giant Forest Museum. The high altitude definitely made it feel longer than 7 miles. 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