General Grant Trail

Kings Canyon National Park, California

Elevation Gain51ft
Trailhead Elevation6,343ft
Elevation Min/Max6336/6360ft
Elevation Start/End6343/6343ft
General Grant Trail is a hiking trail in Fresno County, California. It is within Kings Canyon National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 6,343 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 51 feet. The Trail in Sequoia Tree attraction and the General Grant Grove (elevation 6,240 feet) wood are near the trailhead. There are also parking, restrooms, and drinking water. The General Grant Tree can be seen along the trail.

General Grant Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This paved interpretive trail takes you through the heart of the General Grant Grove to the General Grant Tree. Named for Ulysses S. Grant, this tree has been declared the nation’s Christmas tree and a living national shrine honoring Americans who died in"

"With a height of 268 feet and a base diameter of more than 40 feet (as measured in 2002), the General Grant Tree has the distinction of being the second-largest living tree in the world. Additional prestige is attached to the Grant Grove area as being the oldest parcel of land in Kings Canyon National
Park, set aside as General Grant National Park in 1890 by the same congressional bill that established Yosemite National Park and greatly enlarged Sequoia National Park.

Such notoriety has resulted in making Grant Grove one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions and the easy half-mile loop around the namesake tree one of the area’s most popular trails. Be sure to pick up a leaflet at the visitor center or the trailhead."

"This paved interpretive trail takes you to the General Grant Tree, named for Ulysses S. Grant. The tree has been declared the Nation’s Christmas Tree and a living National Shrine to Americans who have died in war. You also pass the historic Gamlin Cabin as you travel through the heart of the General Grant Grove.

You begin the loop by taking the right fork and quickly come to the Robert E. Lee Tree, ranked as the thirteenth-largest tree in the world. Many sequoia groves were explored around the time of the Civil War, and some of the trees were given the names of those made famous by that conflict. Not far away and just beyond the east end of the Fallen Monarch is Photo Point, an alcove from which you can take a picture of the entire General Grant Tree from the base to the crown."

"At a height of 267 feet and a base diameter of more than 40 feet, the General Grant Tree is the third largest sequoia in existence. Additional prestige is attached to the Grant Grove area since it is the oldest section of Kings Canyon National Park, set aside originally in 1890 as General Grant National Park in the same bill that established Yosemite as a national park and greatly enlarged Sequoia. Such notoriety results in Grant Grove being one of the park’s most popular tourist attractions. While the General Grant Tree Trail takes visitors to the base of the namesake tree and past an assortment of other giants, the resulting crowds create an atmosphere reminiscent of a theme park."

"The General Grant Tree Trail loops through a beautiful grove with a dense concentration of giant sequoias. Interpretive signs identify names, historical events, forest features and information about the various sequoias. The 2,000-year-old General Grant Tree is the third largest living tree in the world, standing at 267 feet with a base diameter of 40 feet. At the north end of the loop is the Gamlin Cabin, built in 1872 from sugar pine trees. The cabin, once home to the Gamlin brothers, was also used as a ranger station, museum and storage facility by the U.S. Cavalry. Part of the trail is wheelchair accessible."

General Grant Trail Reviews

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A easy hike around the General Grant Grove. A great stop for families because of the easy terrain to navigate. Plenty of parking is available for cars and RV'S, and are clean restrooms available. A printed tour guide is available for a $1.00 that contains very useful information about the tress and plants. There are also placards along the trail that are very informative and give you a good perspective on the history of not only the grove itself but of events that occurred there. Well worth the stop.
Great easy hike, more like a walk. There are pamphlets available at the entrance to the loop and a $1.50 deposit is required. These tree's are amazing and spectacular to see with snow around the bases. Easy to get to great for the whole family from children to grandma.
This trail is much better at a time when the crowds are at a minimum. I went during the winter in the snow, and think I liked it better in the Grove seeing the trees with the snow, than in the summer. It is much more enjoyable and interesting if you pay the dollar to get an info map/booklet onsite because it has interesting facts etc. about the trees.

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Trail Information

Kings Canyon National Park
Nearby City
Kings Canyon National Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible