General Lee
Height: 250.00+ ft (76.20+ m) Elevation: 6,968 ft (2,124 m) GPS Latitude: 36.57370
Volume: Creek: Little Deer Creek GPS Longitude: -118.75279
Width: Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date: 1901
Age: Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By: John Broder

Notes: In 1901, Sequoia National Park concessionaire John Broder named the tree to honor Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee. On July 1, 1937, the United Daughters of the Confederacy formally dedicated the tree as General Lee during a ceremony beside the tree.

General Lee should not be confused with Robert E. Lee which grows in General Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park or with other Robert E. Lee trees which grow in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park and Packsaddle Grove in Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Drive: General Lee is 219 mi (352 km) southeast of San Francisco near Fresno.

Northbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 North, transfer to California State Route 99 North toward Bakersfield. Drive north 97 mi (156 km) on California State Route 99 and transfer to California State Route 198 East toward Visalia. Drive east 58 mi (93 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and turn left into the Pinewood Picnic Area parking lot.

Southbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 South in Sacramento, transfer to U.S. Highway 50 East toward South Lake Tahoe. Drive east 1.7 mi (2.7 km) on U.S. Highway 50 and transfer to California State Highway 99 South. Near Fresno, transfer to California State Route 180 East. Drive east 56 mi (90 km) on California State Route 180, and turn right onto California State Route 198 West. Drive south 28 mi (45 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and turn right into the Pinewood Picnic Area parking lot.

Hike: From the parking lot, walk south across California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) to an unpaved road marked Authorized Vehicles Only. Hike south/uphill 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on the unpaved road to the junction with Rimrock Trail. Turn left and hike east 0.7 mi (1.1 km) on Rimrock Trail to Lincoln near the junction with Alta Trail. Turn left and hike northeast 0.3 mi (0.5 km) on Alta Trail, through McKinley trail junction, to General Lee which stands beside the trail on your right.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 1.2 mi (1.9 km) Ascent: 624 ft (190 m)
Time: 35 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 233 ft (71 m)
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