Congress Trail

Three Rivers, California

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This paved interpretive trail takes you to the General Sherman Tree, the largest living thing on earth, as well as many other impressive “giants.” The trail leads downhill through the forest, crossing a horse trail from Wolverton Corrals. You will pass young sequoia on the way to the signed Congress Trail, named for some of the noteworthy trees along the trail. After the downhill stretch you arrive at the Leaning Tree and follow the trail over a small bridge on Sherman Creek, to the left. The trail begins a gradual climb. The route travels through the big trees, past many numbered stops described in the interpretive pamphlet. Pass the cutoff trail at 0.7 mile and continue to the Alta Trail at 1.0 mile.

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"This paved interpretive trail takes you to the General Sherman Tree, the largest living thing on earth, as well as many other impressive “giants.” The trail leads downhill through the forest, crossing a horse trail from Wolverton Corrals. You will pass young sequoia on the way to the signed Congress Trail, named for some of the noteworthy trees along the trail.


After the downhill stretch you arrive at the Leaning Tree and follow the trail over a small bridge on Sherman Creek, to the left. The trail begins a gradual climb. The route travels through the big trees, past many numbered stops described in the interpretive pamphlet. Pass the cutoff trail at 0.7 mile and continue to the Alta Trail at 1.0 mile."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Three Rivers
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 6,850 feet
Top Elevation: 7,000 feet
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Giant Forest; Sequoia National Park Giant Forest

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