Congress Trail
Congress Trail
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The Places Where We Go Podcast
Simi Valley, CA983 contributions
Jun 2021
This trail is accessible from the path to the General Sherman tree. If you make it to see the Sherman, do yourself a favor, and spend another 30 to 60 minutes to walk in the grove and see the adjacent giant Sequoias, including those on the Congress Trail. The walk among these trees is fairly easy and not strenuous. If camping in nearby Lodgepole, take the free shuttle to the General Sherman upper parking lot. After seeing the General Sherman tree and walking through the Congress Trail, you can pick up your ride back to camp at the lower parking lot at General Sherman.

2021 Update: We added the Cattle Cabin on this year's stroll of the Congress Trail. Caution that the porch beams are VERY low. Don't be walking out the door and looking at your phone, as your head will slam into the outside beams. (P.S. - Even hire, hiking with a First Aid kit can come in handy).
Written June 7, 2021
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tracey k
Redmond, WA633 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We parked at General Sherman Tree parking lot. From there, the paved trail heads downward, with some few steps. The Congress Trail is well signed and you reach the turnoff just before the General Sherman Tree, which is just a tad beyond. We checked out that tree then headed out on Congress trail, which is also paved and has a bit more elevation gain. The trees here are stunning, truly awe inspiring. I found the plentiful evidence of fire damage to be, well, humbling and soulful. This trail is a pure jewel. It loops around, back to Sherman, and by then, gotta say, uphill to the parking lot was a bit of an effort. We entered Congress at9:30am, mid week. When we arrived back to Sherman, there were lines of people to take pictures.
Written September 13, 2022
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backpacker111ca
Toronto, Canada95 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Wow. I was not expecting to be so impressed by this place. The soft light filtering through the giant ancient Sequoias was ethereal. Walking this trail early in the morning after the sun has risen and before the crowds is a must. I spent hours wandering around.
Written October 28, 2023
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Scenic679423
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Solo
Wow. I was not expecting to be so taken with this place. Getting there darling in the morning before the crowds is a must to experience the ethereal beauty and calm. The soft light filtering through the massive ancient Sequoias was a photographers dream!
Written October 28, 2023
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Sally S
Fort Littleton, PA87 contributions
Jul 2022
Amazing amount of sequoias and the trail gets close enough for touching without going off trail and damaging vegetation. We went toward the evening around 6pm and had less people. We were easily back up at the car before sunset which we went to Moro Rock to see. Bathrooms are in parking lot above the hike. Same area that you will see the General Sherman tree.
Written July 25, 2022
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Anthony S
Roanoke, VA607 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
If you are only gonna do one day/trail in Sequoia this one should probably be considered. Maybe the largest collection of the biggest trees in the park (including General Sherman nearby). Easy access from the shuttle stop. In addition to Sherman, saw several others in the Top 20 including the President tree (equally as impressive as GS IMO), Chief, Lincoln, Washington Tree (not technically on the CT) and several amazing stands labeled The Senate and The House. Much of this trail is paved and a gently elevation gain that most people physically should be able to conquer. If you are only up for a few miles and have physically limitations.. do this one!
Written July 16, 2021
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,199 contributions
Aug 2021
Admittedly the General Sherman and General Grant trees and their trails take top billing, and deservedly so. But if you want to avoid those crowds and still want to see numerous examples of the prime specimens, the NPS has done a good job of making the trees, or groups of trees, noticeable among their peers with special mark and signage along the trail. A paved and easy trail, can be taken off the Sherman Tree Trail, so you can combine both and still not have a moderate walk at most.
Written September 14, 2021
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hellokittydea
Huntington Beach, CA22 contributions
Jun 2020 • Friends
Went there with a group of friends. Impressed as we all left. Amazing gigantic trees around, free park entrance fee, easy and plenty parking, it has filtered water station and decent public restroom. It was surprisingly cold when we went there so bring your extra jacket. The trail went is quite easy and not too gruesome.
Written June 10, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,619 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Congress Trail is one of the connecting paths through the Giant Forest that starts near the General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park. The trail is just under 3 miles in length and mostly paved through mostly barren forest with a few streams and lots of sequoia trees to see.

We visited in April 2019 while the trail was mostly under snow, making it challenging at times to remain on the trail. Stick to the beaten paths made by previous hikers, from time to time you see asphalt so you know you are on the right path.

During the hike, you pass what seems like hundreds of giant sequoias and plenty of lovely scenery. Some famous trees are seen along the trail including the McKinley, General Lee, President as well as the clusters of sequoias like The House and Senate groups.

In the end, we really enjoyed the Congress Trail and seeing the sequoias in the area. Would happily repeat this hike the next time we're in the national park.
Written May 10, 2019
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TNKaz
Kingston, TN393 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Parking for this trail is at the Sherman Tree Parking area (restrooms available here), off of Wolverton Rd (off of Generals Hwy). We visited the General Sherman Tree (Wow!) first and then continued onto the Congress Trail. The “Giant Forest Trail Map” we had purchased ($3.50) earlier at a visitor center was extremely helpful for this area of the park with all its many intersecting paths. There had been a snow storm 2 days before and the Congress Trail was covered with snow/ice/slush. We were glad to have our trekking poles with us for this hike. We had to walk slower than usual to watch carefully where we placed our feet. The Congress Trail was Great as it was so nice and quiet we felt like we had it all to ourselves - maybe because we started fairly early at 8:35 a.m. from parking area. In addition to the Congress Trail we hiked a bit extra on the Alta Trail to see the Lincoln Tree (route is shown on the purchased map). That was well worth the extra effort as you can stand inside the open base of this grand sequoia tree. The parking area was much more crowded when we returned at 11:05 a.m. We spent 2 hours and 30 minutes total hiking in this area, but we hiked slower than usual due to the condition of the trails. We felt this area of the park had the best concentration of giant sequoias. If you only have time for one hike to see giant sequoias, be sure to do this one.
Written June 14, 2019
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Congress Trail - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)