Sequoia National Park Travel Guide

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Sequoia National Park Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful scenery, giant sequoias, sparse crowds 

  • Con
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     Hordes of tourists on the holiday weekends 

  • In a nutshell
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     A perfect mountain get away without the tourist crowds of Yosemite 

Sequoia National Park Things to Do

  • Moro Rock

    Moro Rock is well worth the climb for its views over the park and the high Sierra's in the distance. To get there you can either take a shuttle from the Giant Forest Museum or take a 1 1/2 mile hike. Once at the trail head its 350 steps up to the peak.

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  • Tunnel Log

    If you are looking for the Tunnel Tree in either Sequoia, King's Canyon or even Yosemite, you are out of luck. That poor creature who had its base tunneled through for tourism was never in fact in any of the parks but well within the general area. It fell in 1969 due obviously to weakening its base with the tunnel. It was 2100 years old and who...

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  • Crystal Cave Trail

    The narrow and winding Crystal Cave Road is only 7 miles long, but has over 100 turns as it twists its way through forest and foothills to the entrance of Crystal Cave. There are a multitude of viewpoints and other things along the road; at one spot, there is an excellent and beautiful view of the Marble Fork Kaweah River.

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  • King's Canyon National Park

    Though the Grant Grove Trail is located in King's Canyon National Park, it fits more into the mold of walks in Sequoia National Park. This half mile loop is wheel chair accessible and brings visitors into close contact with a host of giants including the massive General Grant, the third largest tree in the world by volume. Not only is the tree big...

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  • Sherman Tree

    The General Sherman Tree is considered the largest living tree by volume. It is neither the tallest or widest but if you combine its 275 foot height with its 102 foot ground circumference, it is a whopping 2.7 million pounds! It sounds big and it is but really until you stand next to it, it's hard to put a finger on what these numbers mean. At 2100...

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  • Hospital Rock

    Hospital Rock is located just outside the entrance to Buckeye Flat campground on the southern end of Generals Highway. There's a small picnic area here, and plenty of parking, then you can cross the highway to view the rock. Here, you can see the drawings (pictographs) believed to have been left by the Monache Indians. There's a small staircase...

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Sequoia National Park Restaurants

  • Dining In and Near the Park

    There are a variety of food options available in Sequoia National Park: The Watchtower Deli and a snack bar in the Lodgepole Area (I had some pretty good chili at the snack bar); and at the Wolverton BBQ in the Wolverton Area. There are more options in Kings Canyon National Park and Giant Sequoia National Monument. I had a very good meal at Crab...

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  • eating outside does have advantages

    You come to National Parks to experience nature in all its glory so why spend a lot of time in a fancy restaurant or an over-priced cafeteria? Sure, these places have their uses but the more time you spend in them while at the parks, the more chances you miss to see what you came for in the first place. The park system provides not only great...

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  • Good food for a hefty price

    Food sounded great. Not a lot fo options. Pricey.We skipped the supper and went the next morning for the breakfast buffet. It was good and we were satisfied.

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Sequoia National Park Nightlife

  • Star Gazing

    Don't forget to look up at the night sky when it is clear out.Excellent opportunity to view the heavens at a high elevation. It makes a big difference!

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  • Family time around the campfire

    The only nightlife you should be interested in when surrounded by so much natural beauty is the nightlife around a roaring campfire under the stars. If you're musical then break out your guitar and start strumming the tune to "Stairway to Heaven", or roast some marshmellows as you nurse a good Canadian beer by the fire. No 3 piece suits, slacks,...

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Sequoia National Park Transportation

  • Driving through the park

    The roads within the park border are well-paved. The main highway leading through it is Highway 198. It passes by all major attractions like the Giant Forest and other Sequoia coves. Also along the road are many picknick and recreation sites. For most of its way the road leads through forest. At some points the road goes up steeply gaining...

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  • one park you can do by mass transit

    There is now shuttle service from Visalia, CA to Sequoia that runs only in summer. Check park for details and dates. Fares include your park entrance and Visalia can be reached from major cities via mass transit. There is a free park shuttle that services the most popular points in the park. This is a valiant attempt to make a National Park truly...

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  • Shuttle Buses

    Good news. Now Sequoia N P has shuttle buses. I can't remember if they have 6 buses or what. Get a schedule from the Rangers or at the lodge.

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Sequoia National Park Shopping

  • Best souvenir shop actually outside...

    Sequoia Gifts and Souvenirs is small and intimate. The owner, Scott, was very helpful in helping me select a unique gift for my sister's upcoming birthday. She loved it by the way! I originally went looking for souvenirs at a couple of the stores in the park but nothing really caught my eye. I travel a lot and like to get unique items that will...

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  • Fresh Fruit and Nuts - Roadside

    I am not sure why Minkler, CA isn't on my map, but it is worth stopping at the road side fruit market. (Highway 180 and Reed Ave.) It is on the way to Sequoia National Park, right before the foothills.My wife and I stopped to see what they had to sell. I was surrounded by groves of fruit. Quite scenic to say the least.We enjoyed sampling apricots,...

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  • Candies and Ice Cream

    Make sure to make a stop in the town of Three Rivers, just south of the Sequoia National Park. And look for Reimer's Candy and Ice Cream Store. The Reimer's family originally comes from Northern Germany but has been living in the US for years. They built up a fantastic shop with a huge choice of sweets. Don't miss their ice cream!! And take some...

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Sequoia National Park Local Customs

  • Tree Signs

    It is really easy to get information about what you see during your visit of Sequoia National Park. Beside most hiking trails signs in tree-like shape are installed. They show lots of information about specific trees and the plants and wildlife of the park in general. The sign on this photo shows information on the General Sherman Tree, the largest...

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  • Bears

    Sequioa is prime habitat for Black bears. They can be seen anywhere in the park but tend to love the meadow of the big trees trail.

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  • the root of their weakness

    The one weakness the great sequoia does have is its shallow root system. While this helps them in dry summer months, allowing them to gather moisture along a greater area of the surface, it does lead to some of them just falling down. This root system can extend to over 50 feet from the tree's base. It is for the reason that most of the trees in...

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Sequoia National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Keep food from bears

    Everyone needs to do their part to keep food from the bears. I don't know exactly how it is in Sequoia, but in Yosemite, there are 500-1000 incidents of bears breaking into cars every year! The park provides bear-proof metal cabinets at many of the parking areas for any scented items within your car. Don't forget to take trash out of your car, too....

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  • "Quick, get a picture of me with the...

    I just returned from another trip to the Park. Maybe it's just me, but I almost always cross paths with a bear while I am there. This time was no exception. However, the bear won out for having more intelligence than most of the people that were near our camp.While setting up our tents, a black bear was helping himself to food that had been stored...

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  • Don't get lost

    These mountains and forests cover a lot of area. When I say peace and quiet I mean it.Take a compass, GPS or pictures as you go so you can navigate through the woods.I can see how people could get lost if they went too far off the main trails.

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Sequoia National Park Tourist Traps

  • General Sherman Tree...not the best...

    The General Sherman Tree in the Giant Forest is not the best looking tree in the forest. Be prepared to hike a bit to get to it. Yes, it's the largest in mass, but I found many other trees that were much more interesting to look at. There are what I'd call the twins and triplets on the trail - several Sequoias that appear to grow out of one mass....

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  • General Sherman Tree

    This is said to be the biggest tree on earth : The General Sherman Tree. And you can find it here in Sequoia National Park. At the bottom it has a diameter of 31 meters and the tree is 83 meters high. I tried to make a picture of it, but it is just too BIG. Hahaha, so instead I made 3 pictures and glued together, so you can see the whole tree ;-)...

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  • Driving through a tree and the Autolog

    Yes, there is a spot where you can drive through a fallen tree. It is located on the road to Crescent Meadow, near Giant Forest. The Autolog photo op is a thing of the past now. The log that you used to be able to drive your car on for pictures won't support cars anymore because of rot.Personally, I think it's a big waste of time. =) If this is a...

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Sequoia National Park What to Pack

  • do not miss camping in Sequoia

    These are great backpacking parks so if so inclined do bring one but a small day pack will suffice for the short strolls otherwise available. Even with short walks, it is best to wear sturdy hiking boots. They protect your feet better and are more comfortable over the long haul. After so many weeks of carrying a lot of gear on our hikes, it was...

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  • Lots of things to bring

    The weather can change here in a hurry. Bring plenty of clothes. Meds, mosquito repellent Batteries flashlight

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  • Bring a jacket

    Remember that the temperature at higher elevations is a lot lower than at lower elevations. In August, we didn't need jackets during the day at 7000' (Giant Forest), but they were needed in the evening. On our way to Sequoia, the temperatures in the desert were near 100 degrees, and it was a pleasant 70 degrees up in the mountains.

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Sequoia National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Pick any hiking trail

    When you pick up your park information from the Ranger, pick any trail and it will povide you with an experience "off the beaten path."

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  • The Cabin Coffee Shop & Used Books in...

    Grab coffee or a smoothie at the coffee shop, and sit out back in the picnic area or deck to enjoy it. You wouldn't know it from the front, but the coffee shop is right on the Kaweah River.Don't forget your newspaper or book to read.

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  • Sequoia Cones and Sugar Pine Cones

    The large cones you find in the forest belong to the Sugar Pine, *not* the Sequoia. Sequoia cones are about the size of a chicken egg, and tightly closed. Fire is required to open them!Sequoias rely on fire for reproduction. Their bark is made to withstand fires, fire is required to release the seeds from Sequoia Cones, and fires provide fertile...

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Sequoia National Park Favorites

  • walks that make effort easy

    It was also true that this park devoted entirely to such trees was joined to King's Canyon National Park to form one every bit as big as Yosemite. There was another extensive network of trails that if we were so inclined would provide just as much excitement as we were now driving away from. But that was not what we were seeking. We knew such...

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  • you see, I had to tell a tree about a...

    Being on the go is generally a good thing. Life is only so long and standing still can feel wasteful of it but taking the time to reflect, rest, and ready yourself for the next adventure is important too. We were just about three months into a six month trip that had found us on the fly as a rule. We had taken only one real break thus far and had...

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  • it never hurts to ask

    This is a real no brainer: the sequoia, a tree so splendid, it makes even mountain obsessed me forget all about the big hike. Walking around Crescent Meadow was more or less an afterthought. We had already done two nice hikes amongst the amazing giant sequoias but since we were out this way to drive through the Tunnel Tree and Crescent Meadow was...

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