Congress Trail

photo: Congress Trail circa 1972.

Length: 2.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: In Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP by the Gen. Sherman Tree on the Generals Highway.
State(s): California
Counties: Tulare
Longitude: -118.75188
Latitude: 36.58024

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Description

The Congress Trail is a level, two-mile loop trail that begins at the General Sherman Tree along Generals Highway. The path follows a paved route through the heart of the Giant Forest. It is recommended for first-time visitors to Sequoia National Park and for visitors with limited time. This is one of the easiest access points to large groupings of the Big Trees. The Congress Trail is so named because the trees have been given important names. Famous sequoias along this trail include the House and Senate Groups, the President, Chief Sequoyah, General Lee and McKinley Trees. Be prepared for crowds at this site, it's one of the best viewing areas for the giant trees anywhere. The trail is wheelchair accessible.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1982

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: NPS Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Mary Anne Carlton
Park Ranger
Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park
Box C Lodgepole
Sequoia and King?s Canyon NP , CA 93262
(559) 565-3781
http://www.nps.gov/seki

 

Photos

Congress Trail circa 1972.

Congress Trail circa 1972.

Giant Sequoias on the Congress Trail in Sequoia National Park. Photo by I-Ting Chiang.

Giant Sequoias on the Congress Trail in Sequoia National Park. Photo by I-Ting Chiang.

 

Long-tailed weasel near the House Group on the Congress Trail. Photo by I-Ting Chiang.

Long-tailed weasel near the House Group on the Congress Trail. Photo by I-Ting Chiang.

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