The Giants in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is named for the Giant Sequoia trees that populate it. The western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains are the only place in the world where they grow. The Giant sequoia is the largest tree by volume with the Coastal redwood in Northern California being the tallest. The most massive tree in the world “The General Sherman Tree” is located here. There are many hikes and don’t miss Crystal Cave. Explore the park with Sequoia National Park photos. Travel from Fresno to Sequoia National Park is our favorite way to get there.

Getting there

You can take Sierra Drive from Visalia CA to the Southern Entrance. You can start your visit at the Foothills Visitors Center on the southern end of the General Highway. Another is Fresno to Sequoia National Park. Take US180 from Fresno, come in from the Northern entrance, and travel down the General’s Highway through the park. US180 from Fresno to Sequoia National Park is the road that we normally take because it gets you to both Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

The Generals Hwy is the road that connects the 2 parks and their giant groves. As you drive down the Generals Hwy from Hwy 180 there are many pull-outs where you can get out and explore. You can’t really appreciate just how massive these trees are until you stand next to one.

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Mick standing in a hollowed out portion of a  Sequoia Tree in sequoia national park
Mick standing in a hollowed out portion of a Sequoia Tree in sequoia national park

Sequoia Trees in dappled sunlight
Sequoia Trees in dappled sunlight

The Giant Forest

Sequoia National Park is home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the world. This includes the Giant Forest, a breathtaking grove of giant sequoia trees. The Giant Forest is one of the most popular attractions in Sequoia National Park and for good reason. With over 8,000 giant sequoias, including some of the largest trees in the world, this forest is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the majesty of nature.

We began our adventure in the Giant Forest at the Giant Forest Museum. Here we learned about the history of the park, the ecology of the forest, and the efforts to protect this unique ecosystem. We also pick up a trail map to plan our hiking route through the forest.

Another popular activity in the Giant Forest is hiking. With over 40 miles of trails, there is something for everyone, from easy nature walks to strenuous backcountry treks. The Congress Trail is a great option for those looking for a moderate hike. It showcases some of the largest and oldest trees in the forest. This trail is a 3-mile loop that takes you past the President Tree, the House Group, and the Senate Group, all of which are named after political figures.

General Sherman Tree

One of the highlights of the Giant Forest is the General Sherman Tree, which is the largest tree in the world by volume. Standing at over 275 feet tall and over 36 feet in diameter, this massive tree is estimated to be over 2,000 years old. It is a sight that you will never forget and a perfect photo opportunity.

General Sherman Tree on a sunny day in sequoia national park
General Sherman Tree on a sunny day in Sequoia National Park

Giant sequoia trees on a sunny day
Giant sequoia trees on a sunny day

Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave is accessed from a road off Generals Highway not too far from the Giant Forest Museum is another place to get Sequoia National Park photos. There is a steep half-mile walk down a path through a beautiful shaded forest. At the bottom just before you get to the cave you are treated to some small cascading falls and it’s a beautiful area to just sit and relax. Crystal Cave is an excellent marble cavern with a half-mile loop trail through it. The only way to visit is on a guided tour so be sure to get your tickets before you get to the cave. You can get your tickets here. Remember the steep half-mile walk down, well you have to walk back up but it isn’t too bad. You can take your time and enjoy the walk through the shaded forest back to the parking area.

Hike to Crystal Cave Waterfall on a sunny day in Sequoia National Park
Hike to Crystal Cave Waterfall on a sunny day in Sequoia National Park
Stalactites and stalagmites in crystal cave
Stalactites and stalagmites in crystal cave

Stalactites and stalagmites in crystal cave
Stalactites and stalagmites in crystal cave

Moro Rock

Take a drive down Crescent Meadow Road to the parking lot and Hike out to Moro Rock with its magnificent view. We had been to the park before but never made the time to do this short drive and hike. We were with our daughter and her family on this trip and it was a lot of fun walking up the path to the top and the viewing area. The view was magnificent.

Benjamin on the steep  hike to Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park
Benjamin on the steep hike to Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park
Our family at the railings on Moro Rock overlooking the mountains
Our family at the railings on Moro Rock overlooking the mountains

In conclusion, a trip to Sequoia National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that everyone should add to their bucket list. The park is home to some of the largest and oldest trees in the world, including the General Sherman Tree. It is the most massive tree in the world. With over 40 miles of hiking trails, Crystal Cave, and views like Moro Rock, there is something for everyone. It is a place where you can disconnect from the world and immerse yourself in the majesty of nature. A trip to Sequoia National Park is an unforgettable adventure that will stay with you for the rest of your life and remember through your Sequoia National Park photos.

Now on to the 3rd leg of the journey, Huntington Lake With Friends”

Lorna’s Tips and Lessons

This is where I have seen the most bears. So much of the time it has been on the side of the road while driving. My tip is to keep your binoculars & camera in a place where you don’t have to dig for them. Often that eagle or bear is traveling and you don’t want to miss it while you are trying to find your binoculars or camera.

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