Height: 258.00+ ft (78.64+ m) Elevation: 6,530 ft (1,990 m) GPS Latitude: 36.55043
Volume: 29,664 ft3 (840 m3) Creek: Sequoia Creek GPS Longitude: -118.76730
Width: 22.40 ft (6.83 m) Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date:
Age: Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By:

Notes: Jefferson, named to honor Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States, is the 30th largest tree in Sequoia National Park and the 23rd largest tree in Giant Forest.

Drive: Jefferson 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 57 mi (92 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway), past Four Guardsmen, and turn right onto Crescent Meadow Road.

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 29 mi (47 km) on California State Route 198 (Generals Highway) and turn left onto Crescent Meadow Road.

Drive south 1.2 mi (4.0 km) on Crescent Meadow Road, past Booker T. Washington, Auto Log, and Crescent Meadow Road Tree, to the parking spot on the right/south side of the road, near 36.55067 -118.76765, just before the turnoff for the Moro Rock Road loop.

Road Warning: Crescent Meadow Road is open from late May to early November depending on snow levels. During summer (late May to early September) Sequoia Shuttle bus operations, Crescent Meadow Road is closed to private vehicles on weekends and holidays from 9:00 AM through late afternoon. When Crescent Meadow Road is closed, park in the lot near Giant Forest Museum and walk Crescent Meadow Road to Jefferson or take the free Sequoia Shuttle (Gray Route 2) from Giant Forest Museum to the Moro Rock parking lot and hike from there to Jefferson.

Hike: From the parking spot, hike east 155 ft (35 m) on Moro Rock Trail to Jefferson which stands beside the trail on your right.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 115 ft (35 m) Ascent: 7 ft (2 m)
Time: 10 sec Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 4 ft (1 m)
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