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Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Description: An 249.9 foot ancient tree believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years...
An 249.9 foot ancient tree believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.
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steep walk back up

Lovely old tree. The walk was strenuous but full of spectacular old sequoias. Takes your breath away...both from the grandeur and the walking!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Portsmouth, NH
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Portsmouth, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Lovely old tree. The walk was strenuous but full of spectacular old sequoias. Takes your breath away...both from the grandeur and the walking!

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This tree is immense! Seeing it is worth the long climb back up to the parking lot. Be sure and take a picture from the viewing platform above the tree when there are people standing by the base. They look like ants because the tree is so large.

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El Paso, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Wow. The magnitude of this tree was amazing. I'm so glad we made the trip. It was colder than we expect about 45 degrees but the kids loved the snow. The trail down to the tree was easy but scoring back up you definitely get winded because of the thin air at 7,000 feet. Once in a lifetime opportunity for... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

You have to see this Tree. You get humbled looking at it. Started growing before Christ over 2000 yrs ago. The biggest and oldest in the world. Totally unbelievable. Im still thinking about it.

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's a 1/2 mile walk from the parking lot to the tree, but a very well maintained path with benches to rest on if needed. There are many huge sequoias in the area, but General Sherman is the biggest.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is probably the main reason to visit Sequoia National Park . First it is quite a ride to get there as the road is very twisty and climbing a lot , Then , once you have parked the car , it is a good walk down , in fact it is the equivalent of a 28 stories building which... More 

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Modesto, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's a short easy walk to the General Sherman tree.I believe it's wheel chair accessible too. The easy stroll takes you to the largest tree in size.Its not the tallest tree since the top is dead,but it continues to grow in circumference. It can be done in tennis shoes but it doesn't hurt to have comfortable tractioned hiking shoes or... More 

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Odense, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a big tree! Nice walking trail from the upper parking lot. Lots of big trees and also tourists.

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Austin, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We scored an excellent parking spot. There is a winding path - sort of a switchback trail - that descends going to the tree and ascends returning, so you will get your exercise. If you park at the closest parking lot, you're within 1000 ft of the tree but be prepared for the incline.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you want to see this tree you'll have to go for a walk of about 90 minutes.At first you only have to go downeards..that means after having seen this giant tree your way back leads only upwards...a little challenge!General Sherman Tree is one of the biggest trees in this park.But already driving to this place means to see a... More 

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