We started our day leaving River Run RV Park (Bakersfield, CA) in hopes to check-in early at Three Rivers RV. If an early check-in was doable, we’d have a full day to explore Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park. We would only have two full days in the area on this part of our RV roadtrip. Luckily, no-one was parked in our reserved RV spot so we buttoned-up the RV and took off. By 10:00am, we were off to explore these national parks. We had already explored the General Grant Tree (about 30miles north on the Generals Highway), Grizzly Falls, Roaring River Falls, and more… It was now 5:30pm here at the Sherman Tree Trail. This would be our last stop for exploring for the day.
Trailhead coordinates: 36.5848, -118.74984 (36° 35′ 05.3″N 118° 44′ 59.04″W)
You start at about 7,078ft elevation, from the main parking area off Wolverton Rd. You will descend about 200 feet on a concrete, paved walking path with a few steps/stairs that runs about half a mile down to the General Sherman Tree.
Sherman Tree Info:
"The General Sherman Tree is the world's largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet (5.3 m) in diameter." – National Park Service
Everyone’s seen the pictures of these giant trees somewhere before but it’s difficult to really appreciate the sheer size of them until you’ve stood right next to one. But when you do, it’s quite the humbling experience. You don’t have to be a tree fanatic to be in awe of these giant trees. Can’t believe some of them are over 3,000 years old.
General Sherman Tree Coordinates: 36.5807866,-118.7536643
We personally nicknamed it the "Batman Tree "
Anyone know the proper name, if any, this tree has been given?
Located nearest the handicap parking… from there, a wheelchair-accessible trail leads a short distance to through this sequoia tunnel tree to the General Sherman Tree.
Sequoia Tunnel Coordinates: 36.5807866,-118.7536643
These two giant sequoias that have grown side-by-side for centuries – are well worth stopping for, too.
Tough Twins Coordinates: 36.58082970709167, -118.75086948788015