General Sheridan
Height: 259.00+ ft (78.94+ m) Elevation: 6,476 ft (1,974 m) GPS Latitude: 37.51336
Volume: Creek: Big Creek GPS Longitude: -119.59894
Width: 16.50 ft (5.01 m) Grove: Mariposa Grove Discovery Date: 1857
Age: Park: Yosemite NP Discovered By: Galen Clark

Notes: General Sheridan, also known as William H. Seward Tree, was named to honor United States Army Civil War General Philip H. Sheridan. In May 1864, naturalist and future Yosemite Guardian Galen Clark built a cabin in the meadow near General Sheridan. In 1931, the National Park Service replaced Clark's cabin with the current Mariposa Grove Cabin which served as a museum and gift shop until July 2015.

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Drive: General Sheridan is 156 mi (251 km) east of San Francisco near the city of Oakhurst.

Northbound: From U.S. Interstate 5 North, transfer to California State Highway 41 North toward Kettleman City. Drive north 110 mi (161 km) on California State Highway 41 to Oakhurst.

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 Merced, transfer to California State Highway 140 East. Drive east 36 mi (58 km) on California State Highway 140 to Mariposa and transfer to California State Highway 49 East. Drive east 26 mi (42 km) on California State Highway 49 to Oakhurst and transfer to California State Highway 41 North.

From Oakhurst, drive north 17 mi (27 km) on California State Highway 41 to the southern entrance station of Yosemite National Park (entry fee required). Turn right onto Mariposa Grove Road, drive east 275 ft (84 m), and turn right into the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza parking lot.

Ride a free shuttle bus or hike east 2 mi (3 km) on Washburn Trail from the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza to the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area. Buses depart from the Welcome Plaza every 10 minutes from 8 AM to 8 PM May 15 through October 14 and from 8 AM to 5 PM March 15 through May 14 and October 15 through November 30. No shuttle service is available from December 1 through March 15. Limited parking is available at the Mariposa Grove Arrival Area in the lower grove whenever shuttle service is unavailable. Mariposa Grove Road remains closed to private vehicles (with a locked gate) from 30 minutes before shuttle service begins until 30 minutes before it ends each day to restrict access during shuttle operations.

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Hike: From the trailhead, hike northeast/uphill 0.15 mi (0.24 km) on Big Trees Loop Trail, past Fallen Monarch, to the junction with Grizzly Giant Loop Trail. Turn right at the trail junction and hike northeast/uphill 0.5 mi (0.8 km) on Grizzly Giant Loop Trail, past Bachelor and Three Graces and Grizzly Giant, to the junction with Mariposa Grove Trail. Veer right at the trail junction and hike north 2.1 mi (3.4 km) on Mariposa Grove Trail, past Faithful Couple, Clothespin, Mariposa, and American Legion to the junction with the Guardians Loop Trail. Turn right at the trail junction and hike south 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Guardians Loop Trail, past Ohio and Haverford toward Mariposa Grove Cabin. Veer right/west, toward the cabin, at the next trail juction and walk south 100 ft (30 m), past the cabin, to the end of the wooden deck toward General Sheridan. Hike south 45 ft (14 m) off-trail from the end of the deck to General Sheridan.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 2.7 mi (4.3 km) Ascent: 982 ft (299 m)
Time: 1 hr 20 min Off-Trail: 45 ft (14 m) Descent: 135 ft (41 m)
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