Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

While Yosemite was wonderful and beautiful, this park was much more our style! Just a few hours down the road, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (2 in 1!) is the less visited, but just as amazing, National Park gem!

Sequoia is the second oldest National Park, thanks to its namesake tree being the largest on Earth (and our past Presidents and leaders had the foresight to preserve such precious commodities, and cared about conservation more than profit…).  Since we had already been to Redwoods, I wasn’t sure if we’d be super excited by more big trees, but I was definitely wrong. In fact, Mike even told me to stop taking photos, but I couldn’t because they were SO DAMN IMPRESSIVE!

We mostly stuck to the main drive in the parks; Generals Highway. Along this road, we were able to see Giant Forest Museum, the Big Trees Trail, Congress Trail, North Grove Loop Trail, and on these trails, the two shining stars; the General Grant Tree and General Sherman Tree which are the two largest trees on Earth by volume. 

After we stared at these trees (and walked over them, through them, under them, around them), we headed on the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway to Yucca Point, Cedar Grove, and Zumwalt Meadows. While the trees get most of the glory at this park, the canyons, meadows, and waterfalls are all incredible in their own right. This park also boasts the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states; Mt Whitney! 

At this time in our adventure, Mike and I didn’t get to explore parks as in depth as we had been in the past. This last leg of the tour, we were racing against the clock (we had commitments with family and friends coming up), and of course, our never ending dwindling bank accounts. When we go back to this park, there are many more sections to explore; Mike will of course want to summit Mt Whitney, I want to climb the Moro Rock, and perhaps check out the Crystal Cave!

Recommendations

  • If you don’t want to wait an hour to get a photo in front of the General Sherman tree, get there by 9am or earlier!
  • And if you want to see big ass trees without people around, you can pretty much go on any trail that doesn’t have the General Sherman or Grant trees, and you’ll have those trees all to yourself.
  • This park really does have something for everyone and would be great for a week long vacation. They have great junior ranger programs, caves, easy to strenuous hikes, and other activities!

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