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There are any number of trails in Sequoia National Park for all abilities and ages. In the Giant Forest, the Congress Trail, a paved 2-mile loop that begins near the General Sherman Tree, is a big hit with visitors, who call it a beautiful, relatively easy walk. A shorter hike, the Big Trees Trail, is a 1-mile loop that goes around a meadow and features interpretive exhibits about the natural history of giant sequoias along the way. Make sure you have a map in hand (cell service is spotty in the park), plenty of water and stay alert for bears. While encounters are rare, hikers should always be aware of their surroundings. Also, plan for the weather, with the proper gear in hand.
For those looking for longer hikes, treks to scenic places like Mist Falls include an 8-mile round-trip journey through forest and chaparral, past rapids and cascades, to finally reward hikers with views of one of the largest waterfalls in the park. To learn about all the hikes available, stop at one of the park's visitors centers. You can pick up maps and get advice from rangers about which of the many trails would be the best fit for you. Trails are accessible 24/7 and free for all visitors. For more information about hiking trails, visit the National Park Service website.
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