Thing to Do

See the General Sherman Tree

The General Sherman Tree. NPS Photo

The General Sherman Tree is a must-see while visiting the Giant Forest. It is the largest tree in the world. Park at the Main Sherman Tree Parking Area and Trailhead, located off of the Wolverton Road, just two miles north of Giant Forest Museum. From the parking lot, it is a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) walk to the tree. Surrounding General Sherman are more sequoias to explore, including a cross-section of a fallen sequoia with exposed tree rings and fire scars. Take some pictures and enjoy an up-close experience walking among the giants.

Front-Country Hiking
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

This trail is not always free of snow in winter. Travel with caution in winter months and check current park conditions webpage, as trekking poles and shoe cleats may be advised.

Time of Day
Day, Dawn, Dusk
Accessibility Information

A paved, wheelchair-accessible trail, slightly-sloped path leads to several named sequoias, including the General Sherman tree. The trail is about 500 feet (150 m) long and features benches and educational exhibits. At the trailhead, an information board includes a map with information on accessible parking, wheelchair-accessible portions of the trail, and trail length. Some outdoor exhibits along the trail have good contrast, large type, and allow for a forward approach.

Parking in Summer: Parking is available at the Sherman Tree Accessible Parking Area and Trailhead. Five additional designated accessible parking spaces are available at the Main Sherman Tree Parking Area, located 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from of the Sherman Tree Accessible Parking Area. These spaces accommodate cars and vans, and include access aisles and curb cuts. From here, take an accessible shuttle to the Sherman Tree Accessible parking Area and Accessible Trailhead.

Parking in Winter: Accessible parking is located at the Sherman Tree Accessible Parking Area only. Fewer accessible designated spaces exist in winter.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Last updated: July 31, 2020