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“Amazing trees and nice hiking trail” 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Amazing trees and nice hiking trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The General Grant Tree Trail is located in Kings Canyon National Park about a mile north and west of the Grants Gove Visitor Center. To get there from the Visitor Center, take the Generals Highway north and then go left on Grant Tree Road. You can drive to this trail or hike from the Visitor Center.

I went on a Tuesday morning with my wife in mid-July and really enjoyed walking the General Grant Tree Trail and looking at the massive General Grant Tree. We paid $1.50 for the trail map but it turned out to be a waste of money as the trail is very short and is paved and is only a half mile loop (and there are signs everywhere). We went in the morning and there was plenty of parking next to the trail head. There was also a large RV parking lot close to the regular parking lot.

The General Grant Tree is one of the world's largest living things and is the 2nd largest tree in the world. It is named after Civil War General and President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant. This is an amazing tree and is so huge it does not look real (it looks like a prop from a movie set) There are also quite a few other giant sequoias along this trail that will leave you in awe. While on the trail don't miss the Fallen Monarch, a massive sequoia tree that fell and was burned out creating a long tunnel you can hike through. Next to this fallen tree are interesting 100 year old pictures that show how little this tree has changed (for some reason it does not rot and decay). I thought the huge fallen tree was really interesting.

Overall I really enjoyed the General Grant Tree Trail and highly recommend that you take this hike as the trees are amazing and the hike is easy. We went here in the morning and it was not busy but rumor has it that the parking lot gets packed later in the day.

Visited July 2013
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Thousand Oaks, California
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“Second biggest Yankee tree”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Interesting difference between Gen. Sherman. A long way to drive from S. end of park. Still nice. King's canyon Road's End was closed--a disappointment.

Visited December 2013
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Easy and just fabulous. We also did the North Loop trail (just off the RV parking area), which is moderately difficult, but so worth it. We were the only ones on the trail on the 40 degree day, and enjoyed every moment.

Visited November 2013
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

So many majestic trees! The General Grant tree is the star here but you will be amazed at the beauty of the entire grove. There are many places on the footpath where you can get a photo of an entire giant sequoia from top to bottom. Don't miss the "Fallen Monarch" and read the history on its sign to fully appreciate it.

Visited August 2013
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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“An Easy Walk with Spectacular Trees”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This trail is fairly short, but has some interesting trees to look at, culminating with the General Grant Tree. It is a little more primitive than the General Sherman Tree trail, but is still charming. You can do this trail along with the Big Stump Trail and the Chicago Stump Trail in a few hours - all worth seeing. Do the stumps first, as they are somewhat depressing.

Visited September 2013
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