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Congress Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A wonderful, short hike through the Giant Forest.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

Point to Point

7,050' 2,149 m

High

6,837' 2,084 m

Low

350' 107 m

Up

314' 96 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views

Family Friendly Fantastic paved path with a visual experience of the giant sequoias that won't soon be forgotten by the young-ones.

Overview

This short loop will take longer than you might expect... You'll be looking upward constntly. Beware of sore necks!

Description

This is one of the easiest ways to see a bunch of the giant sequoias in a short amount of time.

The trail starts from the General Sherman Tree area and makes a winding loop around the grove. It doesn't make too much of difference which way you take it. There are lots of trails intersecting the Congress Trail, but everything is very well signed, so this doesn't present too much of a challenge.

Flora & Fauna

Five of the ten largest trees (by trunk volume) are located in the grove.

Contacts

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Brad H

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  4.4 from 33 votes

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The Trees!
Jul 6, 2015 near Three R…, CA
MK with The Senate - Sequoia NP
Jan 20, 2016 near Three R…, CA
Sequoia National Park. Congress Trail.
Nov 22, 2015 near Three R…, CA
General Sherman Tree
Jul 6, 2015 near Three R…, CA
Congress Trail, Sequoia National Park
Jul 6, 2015 near Three R…, CA
Congress Trail, Sequoia National Park
Jul 6, 2015 near Three R…, CA

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Sep 23, 2022
Ryan F
1.9mi — 1h 30m
Aug 22, 2022
Michael Jacobs
Jul 30, 2022
Manoj Abey
2mi — 1h 30m
Jun 12, 2022
Zachary Troyer
May 2, 2022
Colleen Gebauer
Close to founders group and room tree off to the east on part of circle meadow loop
May 2, 2022
Brooke Walczak
Close to founders group and room tree on carvel meadow loop to the west
Apr 30, 2022
Johan Wu
17:00
Mar 6, 2022
Jeremy Allen
Hiked on 8/20/2017