General Pershing - World's 23rd Largest Tree
Height: 246.00+ ft (74.98+ m) Elevation: 6,690 ft (2,039 m) GPS Latitude: 36.57869
Volume: 35,855 ft3 (1,015 m3) Creek: Sherman Creek GPS Longitude: -118.75347
Width: 21.50 ft (6.55 m) Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date:
Age: Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By:

Notes: General Pershing is the world's 23rd largest tree, the 20th largest giant redwood, the 10th largest tree in Sequoia National Park, and the 8th largest tree in Giant Forest. In 1926, Sequoia National Park superintendent Colonel John R. White dedicated the tree to honor General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Force during World War 1.

Drive: General Pershing is 218 mi (351 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 59 mi (95 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and park at the turnout, located at 36.57818 -118.75286, on the left/west side of the road 0.2 mi (0.3 km) south of the Sherman Tree accessible 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 27 mi (43 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and park at the turnout, located at 36.57823 -118.75283, on the right/west side of the road 0.2 mi (0.3 km) south of the Sherman Tree accessible parking lot.

Hike: From the turnout, walk north 200 ft (61 m) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) to connect to an abandoned trail just west of the road. Hike southwest 80 ft (24 m) on the abandoned trail, turn right, and hike northwest/downhill 180 ft (55 m) off-trail to General Pershing. After visiting General Pershing, hike southwest 350 ft (107 m) off-trail to Column or hike southwest 270 ft (82 m) off-trail to General Harbord.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 180 ft (55 m) Ascent: 0 ft (0 m)
Time: 1 min Off-Trail: 180 ft (55 m) Descent: 75 ft (23 m)
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