Tuesday morning we were up early for our forty minute drive to reach Kings Canyon Sequoia National Park which is located in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of Fresno.
The park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including General Sherman tree, one of the largest trees on earth. Kings Canyon Park is composed of two distinct areas in the park, Grant Grove (home to the General Grant tree) and Cedar Grove. Kings Canyon is also home to Redwood Canyon, the largest remaining grove of sequoia trees in the world.
The following is a list of 8 Things to Do in Kings Canyon Sequoia National Park
1. Visit the Giant Forest which takes you on a beautiful drive through curving, switchback roads. You do not realize how big the trees truly are until you stand beside them and look up.
2. Stop off at Grants Grove Visitor Center which is located three miles east from the Big Stump Entrance on Highway 180. Stop off at the visitor center to pick up maps, books, gifts and learn about the area. There is a restaurant, post office, grocery store, and lodging. A wonderful place to stop and to get help planning your visit, from local walks to day hikes.
3. General Grant Tree Trail – The trail through the sequoia’s is on a well maintained path with benches to sit and take in your surroundings.
4. General Sherman Tree is 1700 years old, 268 feet tall and 40 feet wide. You can get an idea how large this tree is by seeing the person in the picture below.
5. Grant’s Grove is an area of giant sequoia trees that populate the Grove. Gamlin Cabin was built in 1862 and it is still standing.
6. Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is a 30 mile scenic drive between Grant Grove and Cedar Grove Village. There is a stark contrast between Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. The views and scenery are breathtaking as we made our way along these twisty, winding roads.
7. Generals Highway is a picturesque ride with lots of scenic turnouts with gorgeous views.
8. The vistas from Moro Rock are spectacular as you make your way along the steep, winding steps up to the top. The canyon views from the top encompasses much of the park, which makes the hike worthwhile. On a clear day you can see for miles.