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Congress Trail in Winter

Sequoia National Park

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December 23rd, 2001

2.0 miles
370 vertical feet
Total Time: 2:05

Rating: 7/10

Directions:   View Driving Map

Jean looking at the sequoias

We'd done the Congress Trail before, but it obviously looks much different in winter. Besides the obvious snow, it was much less crowded. In fact, we were the first ones on the trail today, as evidenced by our fresh tracks in the snow. We only saw one other person on the trail, outside of the General Sherman area.

Jean crossing the bridge below two towering sequoias

After viewing General Sherman we continued on the Congress Trail proper. There were faint signs of cross-country skiers and snowshoers from previous days. But other than that it was very peaceful. It snowed lightly at times, but snow is much preferable to rain.

Jean below some towering sequoias

Notice the burn marks on the sequoia trunks

The first part of the trail was somewhat packed down. However, as we got further away from the trailhead, there were large portions of the trail where we had to post-hole, sinking in the snow to blaze the trail. It's tough work, but the trail is relatively short.

Senate Group

Two sequoias standing tall

The section of trail between the Senate Group set of sequoias and the Congress Trail cut-off (about 0.4 miles from the trailhead) was completely snowed over. In fact we had missed this section of trail on our way in because none had been on it recently. We took it on the way back.

One big sequoia

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