Giant Forest
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A forest with ancient sequoia trees.
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lizakq
Naguabo1,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
In a movie...that's how I felt driving in these area. You will be surrounded by magnificent sequoias trees and there are lots of trails to choose from. Nature lovers can't really go wrong while visiting this area. I visited on August which is a high season; I was really nervous I would encounter big crowds but avoided much of the weekend and I was fine. Also woke up at sunrise which really helped a lot too.
Written 6 November 2023
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gr8ful4222
Campbell, CA1,874 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This area is the heart of Sequoia National Park, with the highest concentration of tall trees and a large number of trails that criss-cross through the area. Must-sees in this area are the Sherman Tree, Moro Rock, Tunnel Log, and the Giant Forest Museum; plus hiking Congress Trail and Big Trees Trail, both very easy walks. Also consider doing Crescent Meadow Loop, with the side trail to Tharp's Log. These places can get really crowded, so go in the off-season if you can; otherwise parking may be difficult.

If you enjoy hiking, I highly recommend going to the Giant Forest Museum first and picking up the Giant Forest Trail Map. There are a huge number of trails criss-crossing this area that aren't shown in the official park map, and signage is poor. With the trail map, you can park once and then spend the day hiking between these beautiful sights.
Written 23 October 2022
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Pukeonthestreet
Cranston, RI160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Pull over at one of the pull offs instead and go see them up close. It truly is magical being next to these giant creatures.
Written 20 September 2022
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free2venture
Virginia456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I want to rate the overall park(s) a 4, but no option for rating park as a whole. We found this area around General Sherman a bit frustrating because like other places within Sequoia, our main negative was lack of signage and descriptions compared to other parks. We approached a sign that literally said something like "this is it," strongly indicating it might be General Sherman. I questioned it due to the lack of hardly any walk and no hordes of people. Nevertheless, we set up with the tripod etc to take a bunch of pics. We continued on and then saw the real deal, but hard to appreciate as much after thinking we already saw it based on the big this is it, you are here type of misleading signage. At any rate, the area was very nice and the trees were, of course, glorious. Aside from walking through a tree and seeing these magnificent giants, my favorite part of what we visited on our day trip was the Congress Trail, reviewed separately. I will say, I'm not sure why people complained of the walk to get to the area from what I read in my planning. I have a recently injured foot and had no problem getting to the GS tree. Perhaps people came from a different area, but we just got off at the GS Shuttle from the Lodgepole lot we were directed to park in. If I grasped better where it really was, we could have reached it in maybe 5 minutes. What was most difficult aside from signage issues in this park, was the crazy drive and we went with the lesser of the two scary routes (180 I believe). Also standing in line to get a picture in front of the tree seemed to take away from it, though it was better I suppose to line up than have a bunch of strangers in your shot. Walk just a tad further to Congress Trail and you'll feel the peace of nature and better appreciate the majestic beauty of the forest because there were not nearly as many people and certainly no lines. Again, however, lack of signs telling one what tree was what. Kings Canyon was great. We hit it on way out saw General Grant and arrived just in time for ranger tour.
Written 14 July 2022
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Yes there are other groves of Sequoias, but this is biggest grove with the biggest and tallest Sequoias anywhere. From the minute you crest the top of the mountain up hill section to the General Sherman tree, you will drive a couple of miles through the most amazing forest anywhere. There are several trails here like Big Trees Trail and Congress Trail and even the trail to the General Sherman tree, the biggest tree in the world. However, just the drive alone is magical. This is why it is my wife's favorite National Park. There simply nowhere where you can have this time of prehistoric experience, walking among massive trees that are 2,500 year old. I will say that while the recent forest fires have not impacted the sequoias they have altered the forest compared to what I saw 10 years ago. So many of the pines and firs are gone. Still it is the sequoias make this an incredible MUST SEE.
Written 3 April 2022
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Joseph P
San Jose, CA389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A lot of huge Sequoias, and the shade takes the edge off the summer heat. See the General Sherman tree as well.
Written 29 August 2021
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kmz88
Plon, Germany392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
It has 8 of the 10 largest trees in the world. You can get very close to them and really appreciate their size. There are many hiking routes here - we took the longest one and it was worth it!
Written 17 August 2021
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K B
Lafayette, CA452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Sequoias, as I'm sure everyone visiting this site is well aware, are the largest living things ever to inhabit this planet. They are absolutely awe-inspiring.
Written 31 July 2021
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Anthony S
Roanoke, VA606 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Spent a unforgettable day in the Giant Forest with the amazing trees and beautiful meadows. Museum was closed, but still hiked around 7-8 miles, including the Congress Trail, ShermanTree, Crescent-Log Meadow, Tharps Log, and parts of the Alta Trail, Huckleberry Meadow, and Hazelwood Nature Trail. Returned the next day for a short walk to Beetle Rock and around Round Meadow. All easy trails with much of it doable even for folks with physical limitations. This Forest is like nothing you will ever see anywhere else. Should be on everyone’s bucket list!
Written 16 July 2021
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koabug
Honolulu, HI1,582 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
A very easy loop trail around Round Meadow. Parts of the trail are made up of asphalt, boardwalks, and compacted soil. Parking is just up the road. When we were there (June 15) the museum wasn't open. You can do the trail in 20 minutes.
Written 3 July 2021
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