42 grown mans steps to circle one of these beautiful giants base.
We traveled down to the Giant Forrest and parked at the museum. After talking to a ranger in the museum we determined we would take the shuttle up to the General Sherman trail then connect to several other trails and make our way back to the museum. The hike would end up taking 2.5 hours.
The General Sherman trail is a very short and crowded trail showcasing the largest tree in the world. It is extremely difficult to take pictures without others in the background. The area is small and everyone is trying to get pictures by the General.
After taking our pictures of the General we connected to the Congress Trail then to Alta Trail until we made our way back to the museum. The trails are well traveled and even though we visited during a less busy weekday, we were never alone very long on the trails. The hike is easy walking with most of the trail on level ground. The trial ends back in front of the museum.
Since we visited on a weekday the Tunnel Log and Moro Rock road were open to private vehicles. During weekends the park shuttles are only allowed to travel to the road. Though the site are crowded and small areas they shouldn't be missed.
We got up early to hike the Tokopah Falls trail the morning of our departure. Again the hike is mostly on level ground. Since it was mid-June there was still lots of snow melt and the springs were full and flowing heavily. There were several stream crossings that required some agile footwork to cross and avoid getting one's shoes wet. Going so early in the morning the trail was empty of other hikers. A mile into the Forrest towards the falls the trail surroundings become a more natural and raw environment. Walking that far back on the trail it felt like a bear or other wildlife could easily walk down from trees and join the morning hike. It was beautiful and eerie at the same time.