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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  • The tree is massive beyond words. It's a fair walk from normal parking to get to it, but not strenuous. You'll not be able to touch the tree or get very close in order to save the root structure (and....  more »
  • A must do on a Sequoia visit. The NPS makes it as easy as possible to see a prime example of what this park is all about. There is a wide, paved path all the way to the tree and around a loop that.....  more »
  • This tree is huge! Pictures do not do it justice!
  • The scale of the Sequoia trees is unfathomable. General Sherman is standing tall and there are many others like it. There is a short downhill hike to the actual spot but along the way there are other big trees. If you feel it is crowded, definitely visit other trees as they won't disappoint. There's is a good size parking available for general car, RV and disabled separately.

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