General Sherman Tree
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General Sherman Tree information
By volume the largest living tree on earth, the massive General Sherman Tree rockets into the sky and waaay out of the camera frame. Pay your respects via a short descent from the Wolverton Rd parking lot, or join the Congress Trail, a paved pathway that takes in General Sherman and other notable trees, including the see-through Telescope Tree. To lose the crowds, set off on the Trail of the Sequoias into the heart of the forest.
A handy hint: if the steep walk back up from the grove doesn't thrill you, catch the shuttle from the lower parking lot (disabled parking only) near the General Sherman tree and ride it back to the main parking area.
The top destination in the parks, the Giant Forest was named by John Muir in 1875. Encompassing an amazing concentration of ancient giant sequoias, at one point over 300 buildings, including campgrounds and a lodge, encroached upon the sequoias' delicate root systems. In 1997, recognizing this adverse impact, the park began to remove structures and re-site parking lots. It's also introduced a super-convenient and frequent visitor shuttle, significantly cutting traffic congestion and reducing the potential harm to these majestic trees.