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Congress Trail

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 4.4 (31) 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.

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Brad H

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 31 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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Aug 14, 2021
Nathan Dinges
Aug 1, 2021
Sergei Maslov
Nice hike, not very crowded. I recommend continuing to the Crescent Meadow and then boarding a shuttle back. All shuttles were packed around 5pm on Su
Jun 24, 2021
Reagan Cicha
Jun 12, 2021
Mike Maxwell
2mi
May 10, 2021
Erin Jerig
Apr 23, 2021
Nathan Hui
With Lauren, Avery, and Remi 1.9mi
Apr 8, 2021
Kristy Van
Nov 25, 2020
Crystal Kirch