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Expert Review of Congress Trail

Parks and Outdoors Review of Congress Trail

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking,Scenic Drives
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The Congress Trail is an easy two-mile loop that starts and ends at the General Sherman Tree, a giant sequoia that is the largest living tree on earth (by volume, not by height). It is taller than a 27-story building, with a circumference well over 100 feet. Most park visitors visit the Sherman Tree, but many miss this fantastic hike on the Congress Trail, which visits hundreds of massive trees.
  • The farther you get from the Sherman Tree, the less people you will see on this trail. Two highlights not to be missed are the "House" and "Senate" tree clusters, at the far end of the loop. Both clusters are packed with closely spaced, massive sequoias—trees so large they seem almost surreal.
  • One of the best times of year to visit the Congress Trail is in winter, when the giant sequoias are crowned in snow. The snowfall is generally light enough in this part of the park that you can walk the trail in regular hiking boots, although occasionally snowshoes are required.

Start at the General Sherman Tree, just off the Generals Hwy., 2 miles northeast of Giant Forest Museum
Sequoia & Kings Canyon, California

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