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General Grant Tree Trail



0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer loop
95% Runnable


Ascent: 56' 17 m
Descent: -53' -16 m
High: 6,385' 1,946 m
Low: 6,337' 1,931 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)


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Trail shared by Melissa Winfield

This trail is a paved loop that passes by the third largest tree in the world!

Melissa Winfield

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This will not be a good trail run due to being heavily used. The North Boundary Trail would be better for runners since it is less busy but very close to the big trees.


This trail is a paved path from the parking lot and passes by some of the biggest trees in the world. The General Grant Tree is the third largest in existence. Look for the charred bark where forest fires have left their mark on these ancient trees and learn about how fires are a vital part of sequoia existence. There are many educational signs along this path, written in English, Spanish, and Braille. Expect to be exploring with a lot of other people, as this is an easy loop to complete. If traveling during peak season, come early before the tourist busses roll in.

There is also a fallen tree that was hollowed out by fire one can even trek through. At the northern end of the trail sits a cabin that's over a hundred years old. Although the General Grant Tree brings the customers in, there are many awe inspiring giants to gaze at. You can just do this loop or explore more nearby trails, including the North Boundary Trail , which can be accessed close to the cabin or the North Grove loop on the west side of the parking lot.

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giant sequoias!!!

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Jun 30, 2017
John Searing

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General Grant Tree.
Jan 20, 2016 near Squaw V…, CA
The General Grant Tree towers above the surround forest.
Oct 31, 2018 near Squaw V…, CA
Another view of the Fallen Monarch and other area Giant Sequoias.
Oct 31, 2018 near Squaw V…, CA
Views of the giant sequoias don't require much effort to enjoy, even from the parking lot.
Oct 31, 2018 near Squaw V…, CA
This trail provides constant views of these majestic trees.
Oct 31, 2018 near Squaw V…, CA
On the top of General Grant.
Jan 23, 2018 near Squaw V…, CA


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