We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Generals Hyway, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Phone Number: (559) 565-3341
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 109 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 68
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
The highlight of Sequoia!

If you only spend one day in Sequoia take time to walk Congress Trail. It is a relatively easy walk with no steep climbs or steps. And the scenery is amazing! Giant sequoias... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Tommy J
,
Tampa, Florida
Add Photo Write a Review

109 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 81: English reviews
Michigan
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a paved trail through a forest of huge Sequoia trees and other foliage. There are some gentle hills to walk and seems to be a popular feature of the Park

Helpful?
Thank DonaldMichigan
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
318 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After seeing the Sherman Tree, we decided to check out the Congress Trail. Being somewhat in a rush for time, we were uncertain but started out on the trail anyway. We saw intact sequoia trees, trees damaged by fire but still going, and dead, charred trees. To our surprise, there was an early exit available. Yes, see it all if... More 

Helpful?
Thank Davigeta
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
167 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you only spend one day in Sequoia take time to walk Congress Trail. It is a relatively easy walk with no steep climbs or steps. And the scenery is amazing! Giant sequoias abound and you see the President, the Senate and the House. Chief Sequoya, the McKinley Tree and other incredible mammoths are amazing. My lady and I saw... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tommy J
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trail...it was perfect. Easy to walk, amazing trees and meadows and we saw bears, deer, marmots and squirrels! We ended up walking for 15kms all around this trail and meandering along a few others, too. Get a map from the information centre so you can wander with confidence - it was really easy to follow. Just stunning. There are... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bec C
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
288 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

This trail is relatively easy (about 2 miles mostly level with slight elevations) and provides a beautiful and awe inspiring introduction to the giant groves. If you have only time for one hike, of those I have done, this is it. Much better than just visiting the Sherman tree.

Helpful?
Thank booptraveler
Boston
Level Contributor
94 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

I recommend starting at the Sherman tree and picking up the congress trail there. A wonderful way to see the trees and the first 1/3 of the hike to the museum is paved. The rest is well marked and easy to follow. As you get off the paved part it becomes quieter and you see few people. Really spectacular. About... More 

Helpful?
Thank HBerke
Williamsport, PA
Level Contributor
105 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

The Congress trail hike is a short walk in a grove of Giant Sequoia. This is a wonderful opportunities to teach children about the natural world.

Helpful?
Thank wcarlucci
Bogota, Colombia
Level Contributor
76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

The congress trail is a nice hike...easy and flat. Not many people are hiking so you can be quiet alone....you will discover a lot of Sequioas there and enjoy the way...really nice to do

Helpful?
Thank hosi27ch
Wuppertal, Germany
Level Contributor
86 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Starting at General Sherman Tree (where the crowds are), take Congress Trail and then further on Trail of the Sequoias. This ends up to be a three to four-hours hike and you can really avoid the crowds, enjoy the forest and see gigantic trees. We even saw a bear after hiking for an hour...

Helpful?
2 Thank FrankT424
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

We went on this hike as a group of 6 and enjoyed it very much. It is accessible and you will find people of all ages strolling down and up. Again, bring a good wide-angle camera, so you take good pictures. The visit was free and there was plenty of parking!

Helpful?
Thank Ilya D

Travelers who viewed Congress Trail also viewed

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
 
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
 

Been to Congress Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Congress Trail staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?