After an amazing time at Kings Canyon National Park it was time to check out Sequoia National Park. I had a hard time leaving Hume Lake and Kings Canyon but knowing what was ahead of me helped. Plus it was time to check out the largest tree in the world: General Sherman Tree that lays in the Giant Forest area in the park and that is a whopping 275 feet tall and sports a trunk diameter of 40 feet!
Sequoia National Park has various travel restrictions depending on your vehicle length so if you are pulling a trailer or drive an RV check with the park first. There’s a lot of tight turns going up and down mountain roads.
The giant sequoia trees are incredible. Not only are they so tall your neck hurts trying to look all the way to the top but the diameter of them – wow! Seeing them in person is a must. Coming into the park they are right there in front of you, along the road, in groups. And they are huge!
For many years forest fires were stopped in this park to protect the trees but it turns out forest fires are needed for the trees to stay healthy and to regenerate. The heat from a forest fire release seeds from the pine cone. The ash works as a fertilizer. In most cases a forest fire does little damage to the bark of this tree as it is really thick and only burns the outside of it. Some of the really old sequoias have bark as thick as 3 feet!
But Sequoia National Park is not just a bunch of trees. There are incredible views, vistas and a famous rock too.
The hike up to the top of Moro Rock isn’t for everyone. It’s a steep and fairly narrow, but safe, trail that consist of over 350 steps. It’s a fun trek up and down and definitely worth it.
After a fun time at Moro Rock I decided to drive under a fallen tree.
The park in itself isn’t that big. You can easily do the entire park in one day although most people would want to have two days. I am known to move fast and cover a lot of ground when I travel. But if you only have one day you can definitely see most of the park.
After a great day at the park it was time to move on. As I was leaving to descend into the valley I could see the Moro Rock from a different angle as the sun was setting.
And then there’s nothing like a pretty sunrise to send you off once outside the park. I can’t remember the name of this lake but driving from Sequoia National Park to the valley floor this lake appears.
I started the day with seeing a bear in Kings Canyon National Park, spent part of the day at Hume Lake and then ended the day seeing giant sequoias, climbing on top of a huge dome and getting to experience a beautiful sunset. Life truly is better on the road!