Trail of the Sequoias

Three Rivers, California 93271

Trail of the Sequoias

Trail of the Sequoias Professional Review and Guide

"This hike is a long extension of the Congress Trail, traveling all the way to the Crescent Meadow area and back, with a good chance for bear sightings.

Begin this ramble by following the left fork of the Congress Trail (Hike 13) for 1.1 miles to the junction with the Trail of the Sequoias. Make a left, taking the signed trail uphill to the Chief Sequoyah Tree, named in honor of a Cherokee Indian who developed a phonetic alphabet for his tribe. Proceed up the ridge, passing through tunnels in two fallen sequoias along the way. After topping the rise, the trail descends slightly to a step crossing of fledgling Crescent Creek at 2.3 miles."

More Trail of the Sequoias Professional Reviews and Guides

"This nearly 6-mile excursion through the heart of Giant Forest allows visitors the opportunity to stand among the giant sequoias in silence and serenity, away from most of the crowds on the more popular trails in the area.

Plenty of notable sequoias are passed along the way, some named and many unnamed. In addition to the Big Trees, the circuit visits three flower-laden meadows—Crescent, Log, and Circle. For those wishing to see some of Giant Forest’s more popular trees, access to the southern part of the Congress Trail loop is straightforward."

"This trip offers the opportunity to explore the heart of the Giant Forest in silence and serenity, away from the crowds customary on the more popular Congress and Crescent Meadow Trails. You will see plenty of notable sequoia landmarks on this loop, along with many unnamed giant sequoias and three picturesque meadows."

"This hike meanders through the Giant Forest Plateau in the relative solitude of a secluded forest among numerous stands of giant sequoias. The trail passes several meadows with creek crossings. The hike begins on the heavily used Congress Trail, but soon leads away from the crowds. At Log Meadow is Tharp’s Log, a historic cabin with a stone fireplace built in a fire-hollowed sequoia. Every summer from 1861 through 1890, Hale Tharp lived in the hollow log while his cattle grazed in the meadows."

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Trail Information

Three Rivers
Nearby City
7
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3.5
Duration
Best June through October
Season
6,840 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,300 feet
Top Elevation
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Giant Forest, Lodgepole; Sequoia National Park Giant Forest
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Oct 2018