The Senate
Height: Elevation: 7,027 ft (2,142 m) GPS Latitude: 36.57281
Volume: Creek: Little Deer Creek GPS Longitude: -118.74961
Width: Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date: July 1922
Age: Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By: Guy Hopping

Notes: The Senate is a cluster of giant redwoods located near President in Giant Forest. In July 1922, at the suggestion of chief ranger Guy Hopping, Sequoia National Park superintendent Colonel John R. White named this tree cluster to honor the United States Senate. Together, The House and The Senate form The Congress Group.

Drive: The Senate 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 at the trail junction and hike northeast 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Alta Trail to McKinley trail junction. Veer right and hike east 0.2 mi (0.3 km) on Congress Trail, past The House, to The Senate which stand beside the trail on your right.

Rating: Easy One-Way Distance: 1.3 mi (2.1 km) Ascent: 796 ft (243 m)
Time: 40 min Off-Trail: 0 ft (0 m) Descent: 355 ft (108 m)
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