Giant Sequoia Trees
The Giant Forest Museum
Hiking through Giant Forest is easily the best way to see the impressive sights that make Sequoia such a unique place. Trails range from short and easy paved hikes to multi-day backpacking treks through the High Sierra.
The Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park is hub and home for Sequoiadendron giganteum – giant sequoia trees.
Named in 1875 by John Muir, The Giant Forest is a stand of more than 8,000 colossal sequoia specimens – many still standing as Muir found them. The largest of them all, the General Sherman Tree, is around 2,100 years old and weighs approximately 2.7 million pounds. It stands almost 275 feet tall and has a trunk more than 100 feet wide King of the forest, General Sherman is considered not only the largest living tree in the world, but the largest living organism on the planet by volume.
Park guides say that the finest place to learn about giant sequoias is Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest Museum. The historic museum building, designed by renowned architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood (The Ahwahnee® - Yosemite National Park; Grand Canyon Lodge® - North Rim) and built in 1928, was Sequoia’s original market. Today the Giant Forest Museum offers interactive exhibits and is a “trailhead” for a tangle of gentle forest interpretive trails where you can walk among the giant sequoias and learn about sequoia ecology.
The Giant Forest Museum is open daily during the summer months, free of charge, and located approximately one hour north of Sequoia’s Ash Mountain entrance.
Redwoods or Sequoias - what's the difference?
To a lot of people, redwoods and sequoias are considered the same thing, and there are those who believe that if you've seen one big tree, you've seen them all. However, while they are members of the same family, redwoods and sequoias are entirely different species, and differ from one another in many interesting and fascinating ways!