We hiked the Trail of the Sequoias in early September. We got to see all the main attractions; including General Sherman, Meadows, Tharpe Log.... while keeping our distance from the crowd. This time of year was great because the crowds were small. This trail around the Giant Forest was easy to navigate and it took us about 3-4 hours to enjoy the majestic beauty that can only be found in this forest. We saw a majority of the giant trees and even a view of Mineral King from the highest point of the trail around 7,300 feet.
We stopped at the visitors center upon entering and talked to the Ranger, who assessed our hiking skills and what our interests were before he made the recommendation of where to go. We bought a trail map since the trail he recommended was not on the map that they give at the gate.
This was an amazingly beautiful hike and I cried when I left. I love this place so much!
FYI...Be aware of the bear recommendations of food storage. They don't have food available on the mountain and they don't recommend keeping it in your car. There is a large fine for food that is stored incorrectly.