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General Sherman Tree

Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers, California USA

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“Among the oldest trees in the world”

General Sherman is the largest living organism on earth. He stands as testament to what nature can do when both unhindered and protected by man. Located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park, he glows brilliant orange and green against the typically blue sky of this portion of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth. The General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to the Hyperion tree, a Coast redwood), nor is it the widest, nor is it the oldest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to an Ancient Bristlecone Pine east of Sequoia National Park in the White Mountains). With a height of 275 ft, a diameter of 25 ft, an estimated bole volume of 52,513 cu ft, and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, it is, however, among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet. In 1879 this tree was named after American Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman, by naturalist James Wolverton, who had served as a lieutenant in the 9th Indiana Cavalry under Sherman. In 1931, following comparisons with the nearby General Grant tree, General Sherman was identified as the largest tree in the world. One result of this process was that wood volume became widely accepted as the standard for establishing and comparing the size of different trees. The General himself, however, is not the only sight to see. Surrounded by the Giant Forest, he is but one of many beautiful trees--other variants including sugar cone pines and their massive cones, Jeffrey pines, and red firs to name a few--and other awe-inspiring monuments of nature.

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014

Wear bug spray!

It's a nice long drive to get here, and the park itself is incredible. The tree is considered overrated, but it's still pretty beautiful.

Go early before the crowds come so you can get a good shot.

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Reviewed by
ManimalBrent

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  • 5 Helpful
July 16, 2014
Rated 4.0

this tree was actually really impressive, but even early its impossible to get a picture of yourself by it because there are too many people trying to do the same thing. its also impossible to do justice to it with a photo. well worth the half mile walk to get to it from the parking area

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Reviewed by
Lild1116

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  • 8 Helpful
July 07, 2014

Now this is a big tree and you can tell from all the others

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Reviewed by
tadingle

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  • 0 Helpful
July 05, 2014

It is very difficult to wrap the brain around how large this tree really is. A must see.

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Reviewed by
lanceworley

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June 14, 2016
Rated 5.0

Worth every second - the drive up is beautiful and the Sherman/Congress Trails are both great for novice hikers. Must see!

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SummerMorrow

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December 27, 2015
Rated 5.0

How anyone can call this awe inspiring sight "overrated" has a soul problem. There are no words to describe the feeling of walking under these trees. Bucket list must see to believe. Very worth the walk, take a jacket, be prepared to walk back at a constant incline. Pictures WILL NOT capture the splendor...

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Reviewed by
Lety

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  • 6 Helpful
May 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

Amazing place. Remember to fill up your gas tank before going into the park.

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matrattat

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May 11, 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful & incredible

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Anna Hider

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April 17, 2015
Rated 4.0

Pictures don't do it justice! Something you need to see to believe, even if you think it's a little overrated.

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General Sherman Tree

Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park
Three Rivers, California
USA

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  • Independent
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  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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