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“Wonderful Tall Trees” 5 of 5 stars
Review of General Grant Tree Trail

General Grant Tree Trail
Grant Tree Road, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93628
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Type: Cross-country Ski Areas, Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Snow-shoeing
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hanford
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“Wonderful Tall Trees”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is a lovely grove of Giant Sequoias. You can walk trhu a fallen Sequoia, and the trails are wide and relatively easy to manuver. Parking lot is large, with restroomavailable, but it gets crowded after noon, so go early in the morning. There is a picnic grounds half-way to the grove called Colombine, with very nice restrooms.

Visited August 2012
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“Gorgeous Giants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is such a treat and the hike is an easy one. Take your time here and enjoy the majesty and wonder of these giant trees. The General Grant is something to see, but just wait until you see the General Sherman-you are going to both aren't you!!?

Visited September 2012
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“The General Grant "Nation's Christmas Tree"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This trail winding around to the General Grant is not to be missed. An easy walk for anyone with many giant sequoia's along the way. The highlight is The General Grant, 2nd largest sequoia in the world and also nicknamed the Nation's Christmas Tree. Holiday services are held at the tree every year.

What a pleasure to stroll among these magnificent trees and ponder what has happened throughout history while they have been here. Amazing.

Visited September 2012
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“Magnificent gentle giant.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The Grant is a very daunting tree and even more so when compared to ‘mere mortals’ standing in the vicinity. Unfortunately the eastern surface has a massive burn, leaving the lower trunk very compressed which diminishes the circumference of the original base. Nonetheless it is still the second largest tree in the world with a surrounding fence to help protect the rest of the base and the shallow roots.

It apparently didn’t stop some truly insensitive visitors though from jumping the fence to get that ’I was here to damage the tree’ photo. A few of us politely tried to point out that signs are there for a reason, however it was purposely lost in the translation!

That aside, it is truly humbling to walk around such a gentle giant knowing that it grew from seed to mature into 16oo + year old living sentinel. The Christmas Tree story is charming and with one little girl’s declaration this tree became a national icon!

For us it was very moving to behold this magnificent tree and walk a trail in the midst of this glorious sequoia and redwood forest. It makes you want to hug trees - just not this one!

Enjoy your visit!

Visited June 2012
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Las Vegas, NV
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“National Christmas Tree”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

I have no idea why it's called that. It would take 50 semi trucks carry enough ornaments and lights. It would take helicopters to put them on. It would require a power plant to light the lights. But it would be spectacular. Perhaps viable from space!

In the same area there are short trails that lead you around many giants. One is fallen and you can walk through the center of the tree the long way. This helps give you some perspective since it isn't even close to a really big one and it's tall enough for most to stand the whole distance.

Visited September 2012
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