The General Sherman Tree is the world's largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet (5.3 m) in diameter.
Visiting the General Sherman Tree
Two trails lead to the Sherman Tree. Parking for the Main Trail is off the Wolverton Road (between the Sherman Tree and Lodgepole); just follow signs. The trail runs half a mile (0.8 km) down to the tree. It has a few stairs and is paved. As you walk, you'll enter the Giant Forest Sequoia Grove. Exhibits along the trail explain the natural history of giant sequoias. The walk back is uphill.
Those with disability parking placards can park in a small lot along the edge of the Generals Highway. From there, a wheelchair-accessible trail leads a short distance to the tree. If you don't have a placard but can't manage the Main Trail, ask at any visitor center for a temporary parking permit, or ride park shuttles to the accessible trail when they are in service. During shuttle season, another option is to park at the Main Trail, walk down to the Sherman Tree, then continue to the shuttle stop along the Generals Highway. A shuttle can return you to your parking area, eliminating the uphill walk.
A fence protects the shallow roots of the Sherman Tree. Please help us protect the tree by staying on the paved trail.