Hello from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. These two national parks are located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, south of Yosemite National Park. The entrance to Kings Canyon is about 50 miles east of Fresno, California. On the way to the park you climb from an elevation of around 1,000 feet to over 7,000 feet above sea level. I drove through a few clouds along the way.
At the Kings Canyon visitor center a ranger told me that a section of the park was closed due to recent wildfires. There were still plenty of things to see though. About a mile from the visitor center is a large group of giant sequoia trees called General Grant Grove. The grove was established as a National Park in 1890, and eventually became a part of Kings Canyon National Park when more land was added later.
The trail to the grove was a little hard to follow at times because parts of it had been washed away by recent rains. On the way I saw squirrels and chipmunks, and came across a Mule deer and her two fawns.
It’s difficult to show just how huge the sequoia trees are in a photo. They are generally a little shorter than the Coastal Redwood trees, but have a much larger diameter. The General Grant tree is the second largest tree in the world. It stands 267 feet tall (81.5 meters) and has a diameter of 180 feet (55 meters) at it’s base.
Further along the trail there’s a fallen tree that has been hollowed out. You can walk through it like a tunnel. On the way back to the visitor center it started raining and didn’t stop until I arrived at the lodge. I’m spending tomorrow in Sequoia National Park where hopefully I’ll get to do some more hiking and see some more big trees.