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General Sherman Tree picture in Sequoia National Park
General Sherman Tree picture in Sequoia National Park
General Sherman Tree picture in Sequoia National Park
General Sherman Tree picture in Sequoia National Park

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The General Sherman Tree – the world's largest tree by volume – stands 275 feet tall and measures more than 36 feet in diameter at its base. Visitors call the tree magnificent and humbling, but warn that lines can be long to take photos by the tree. Many advise arriving early and having patience.

Travelers can see the tree via two trails. The Main Trail can be accessed from a parking lot off Wolverton Road and it's a half-mile walk downhill to reach the tree. Along the way, you'll pass through the Giant Forest and spot exhibits explaining the history of giant sequoias. After you've snapped your photos at the General Sherman Tree, you'll have to walk back uphill. While this trail is paved, there are a few steps. If you'd rather avoid the uphill walk, you can continue downhill to the shuttle stop along Generals Highway. The shuttle will return you to the parking area. There is a wheelchair-accessible trail, which starts from a parking lot along the edge of Generals Highway. From there, it's a quick trip to the tree. The 2-mile-long Congress Trail, a paved loop that begins near the General Sherman Tree, is another hiking option and offers the chance to take in even more views. Visitors say it is well worth it and report that it's not a difficult hike.

In the summer, free park shuttles (all are wheel-chair accessible) transport visitors to the accessible trail. In the winter, the parking area off of Wolverton Road closes and the accessible parking area on Generals Highway is open to all visitors.

Access to the General Sherman Tree is included in park admission. The tree is accessible to visitors 24/7, though the shuttle operates on a set schedule. For more information, visit the National Park Service website.

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Hiking picture in Sequoia National Park
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Trail signs like this one for the Giant Forest can be found all over Sequoia National Park. Elena Pueyo / Getty Images

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The world's largest tree is the General Sherman Tree, standing 275 feet tall. Pierdelune / Getty Images

While you're hiking through the Giant Forest, stop to marvel at the General Sherman Tree. Ingram Publishing / Getty Images

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Driving through the Tunnel Log, a tunnel cut through a fallen giant sequoia, is a perfect photo op. Allard Schager / Getty Images

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