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Washington Tree Trail

Easy/Intermediate
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A trail through the Giant Forest that provides access to the Washington Tree and the Circle Meadow Loops Trail.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

6,968' 2,124 m

High

6,788' 2,069 m

Low

160' 49 m

Up

193' 59 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Wildlife

The General's Highway may be under chain restrictions in the winter time. Please check with the NPS before visiting to make sure you can get into the area, or make sure to have chains with you.

Need to Know

There are no services along this trail. The nearest restrooms are at the Giant Forest Museum. Bring enough food and water for your time exploring the Giant Forest.

Description

The Washington Tree Trail breaks off the Alta Trail and wanders through the Giant Forest. The trail departs the Alta Trail and within the first tenth of a mile, a small trail breaks off to the right and leads out to the Washington Tree Giant Sequoia. Depending on when you hike this trail, you may see no one during the course of your hike, allowing you to take in the beauty of the forest.

The trail continues gently climbing through the forest. The dirt, singletrack trail levels off after a third of a mile and wanders underneath the shade of the Giant Sequoias. The Bears Bathtub trail breaks off to the left after four tenths of a mile. After seven tenths of a mile, the Circle Meadows Loop Trail breaks off to the left and makes its way around a small meadow.

From here, the trail descends to the Giant Forest Loop Trail and the Huckleberry Trail. From here, you can retrace your steps back to the Alta Trail or break off to the right and follow the Huckleberry Trail back to the Alta Trail.

Flora & Fauna

As with most of the Giant Forest, the Sequoia Tree is what you are here to see. In terms of wildlife, you may encounter deer and black bears on your hike. A variety of birds can be seen in the bushes that line the trail.

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David Hitchcock

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A walk down this trail is the very definition of surreal.
Oct 31, 2018 near Three R…, CA

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Jan 18, 2021
David Hitchcock
Aug 20, 2018
Milui Frobnitz
Aug 31, 2017
John Robinson