Hikers only. No dogs, horses, or mountain bikes are allowed. Partially wheelchair accessible.
Subjective Trail Rating for Beauty and Difficulty:
This is a very easy 0.3 mile stroll through some of the most majestic giant sequoias to be found in Kings Canyon National Park. It culminates with the General Grant Tree which is the third largest living thing in the world. The largest is the General Sherman Tree which is in its sister park Sequoia National Park. Since this is a very popular trail, it is not for those who demand solitude while hiking. If however, you do not mind sharing the trail with many other people, this is an easy and impressive introduction to the giant sequoias.
Day-use permits are not required but wilderness permits are necessary for over night camping. Contact the park for information on the fee charged.
From Visalia take highway 198 east to the Ash Mountain Sequoia National Park entrance. The highway becomes the Generals highway. Continue north until you reach Grants Grove. Take Grant Tree road by the visitor center to the parking lot. Grants Grove can also be reached from the north by taking highway 180 east out of Fresno.
A free map is available when you enter the park. For a USGS topographic map, ask for Grants Grove. There are also many excellent trail books covering the Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks area that are available at any good book store.
Who to contact:
Superintendent, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National parks, Three Rivers CA. 93271-9700 or call (559) 565-3134
Werner Hager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated August 03, 1997.
Copyright 1996 by Werner W. Hager and Micromoms. All rights reserved.