Sequoia National Park: Humongous Trees Await!

Thanks to Kate (thanks Bearbear!), we finally got the opportunity to visit Sequoia National Park! The Sequoias are famous for their height and width of their trunks. However, they are also often mistaken to be the tallest trees. In fact, they aren’t. The tallest trees are the redwoods while the sequoias hold the honour for being the widest trees. Having visited the redwoods during our Oregon trip, it was amazing to be finally visiting these gentle giants…

Sequoia National Park 2bearbear
Sequoia National Park 2bearbear


Sequoia National Park Attractions


Awe-inspiring Sunrise

Sequoia National Park Sunrise 1
Sunrise 1
Sequoia National Park Sunrise 2
Sunrise 2
Sequoia National Park Sunrise 3
Sunrise 3

As this trip was tied to our stay at Mercey Hot Springs, we had to set out early – while it was still dark. However, when the sun finally rose, we were so amazed! Having caught so many sunrises and sunsets by now, one would think that no sunrise/sunset will be able to catch 2bearbear’s eyes. But this sunrise literally brightened up the entire landscape, like a bright glow of light or halo of sorts. This awe-inspiring view reminded us of the Creator, who created the following views for us to take in as well…


Entrance of Sequoia National Park

Rapids Entrance of Sequoia National Park
Rapids Entrance of Sequoia National Park
Reservoir Entrance of Sequoia National Park
Reservoir Entrance of Sequoia National Park
Entrance Sequoia National Park
Entrance
Rapids Sequoia National Park
Rapids
Tunnel Rock Sequoia National Park
Tunnel Rock

Entry to Sequoia National Park is $30 per vehicle. If you intend to visit several National Parks during the entire trip, it would be a great idea to get the National Parks Pass at $80. After clearing the entrance of Sequoia National Park, you’ll pass by a vista point where you’ll be able to get great views over rapids. Also, a short drive further in, Tunnel Rock is a good stop for photo opportunities as well.

Along the way, we saw several angles of Moro Rock


Moro Rock Sequoia National Park

Moro Rock Sequoia National Park
Moro Rock Sequoia National Park
Moro Rock Sequoia National Park
First View
Moro Rock Sequoia National Park
View 2
Castle Peaks Sequoia National Park
Castle Peaks

Throughout our drive through Sequoia National Park, we were able to see several views of Moro Rock. It’s a rock that looks like it sits precariously off the top of a cliff. As you drive towards it, there’s another vista point that offers a clear view of the rock and the vicinity. But, we were here for the star of Sequoia…General Sherman and General Grant…


General Sherman Sequoia National Park

General Sherman Sequoia National Park 2bearbear
General Sherman Sequoia National Park 2bearbear
General Sherman Sequoia National Park
General Sherman
Sherman Tree Trail Sequoia National Park
Sherman Tree Trail
General Sherman 2 Sequoia National Park
View 2

To get to the General Sherman Tree, you’ll have to take a short hike (10 minutes) from the carpark. This is because, the nearest carpark is reserved for the physically disabled. The climb is in fact quite challenging. Both Kate and I huffed and puffed on the way back to our parking lot. Be ready!

Warning @ General Sherman Tree Trail
Warning @ General Sherman Tree Trail

With a height of 83.8 metres, one would easily mistaken General Sherman to be the tallest sequoia tree. However, General Sherman is in fact the largest tree by volume and not the tallest. The honour for the tallest sequoia tree is reserved for General Grant, about 20 minutes drive away…


General Grant Sequoia National Park

General Grant Sequoia National Park
General Grant Sequoia National Park
Walk Through Trunk General Grant Sequoia National Park
HUGE Trunk
Description of General Grant Sequoia National Park
Description
Double Trunks Sequoia National Park
Double Trunks

Although General Grant Tree is taller than General Sherman Tree, you may not be able to see the perspective because of the barrier that is placed around the trees. The barriers around General Sherman is closer such that one can stand really close to it and the “comparison” becomes emphasized. However, the barrier at General Grant is further away, so comparatively, it makes the tree a little smaller.

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Although it was only a half day trip to Sequoia National Park, we totally enjoyed the trip! Next up, Mercey Hot Springs!

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