Sequoia National Park Journals

Silence among the Sequoias

A February 2001 trip to Sequoia National Park by gonewriting

Closed Road Photo, Sequoia National Park, California More Photos
Quote: The Giant Sequoia Trees are not to be missed by any nature lover in North America!

Silence among the Sequoias

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Grant Grove Photo, Sequoia National Park, California
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I know that most people usually manage one vacation per year, because of our obligations to our families and jobs. And many vacation spots are visited in the summer, for many reasons. The kids are out of school, the weather is warm, vacation specials, and on and on. Sequoia National Park is one such place. But, if you want to visit the magnificent sequoia trees under a different light, go in the winter! As long as you don’t mind a little ice on the roads and a feeling of almost total solitude. Some of the roads to the most popular sites will most likely be closed in winter, but the ancient forests transform to a wonderland of white magic. The reddish-brown trunks of the sequoias ...Read More
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Very quiet and peaceful in early February, I did not hear one person the entire time I was inside this lodge.

This lodging is actually in Kings Canyon National Park 30 miles northwest of the Giant Forest in Sequoia, but is a good starting point if you are driving south while visiting the twin National Parks.

There are 30 hotel rooms (one or two queen beds with private bath and phone), 24 rustic cabins with a central bathhouse, and 19 rustic tent cabins with a central bathhouse.

The Village has a restaurant, gift shop and market. Open year-round.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 13, 2001

Grant Grove Village

Sequoia National Park, California
(559) 335-5500

The General Sherman Tree Photo, Sequoia National Park, California
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LODGING There are over 1,200 campsites and a number of lodges throughout Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks – but since this is about Sequoia, I will concentrate on only that park. Wuksachi Village Boasts spectacular views of Mount Sillman and Silver peak. There are 102 guest rooms that are in three different price categories. This lodge is open year-round. NOTE: I did not see this lodge so cannot comment on the experience. Call: (559)565-4070 for more info Reservations: 1-888-252-5757 Website: http://www.visitsequoia.com Bearpaw Meadow Camp This is a backcountry meadow tent hotel available for up to 12 hikers that take the 11.5 mile trail from Cre...Read More

The Magnificent Sequoia Trees

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Giant Forest Photo, Sequoia National Park, California
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It is simply amazing to be standing right next to some of the world’s largest trees and realize that they have been here for thousands of years. And that’s just the ones you’re standing next to!

If you ever want to feel like you’re truly walking in the Land of the Lost, then take an aimless stroll under the giant sequoia trees. You’ll half expect to see a dinosaur peek around one of them to glance at you as you would an ant, and continue stretching his neck to sniff the sequoia disappearing into the sky.

The giant sequoias can reach a height of 311 feet and can live for 3,200 years! The bark that protects these trees can be 31 inches thick!

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To get to Sequoia NP: from Fresno take Highway 180 East for approximately 70 miles from Visalia take Highway 198 East for approximately 45 miles from Bakersfield take Highway 65 North for approx. 59 miles to Highway 198 East for approx. 20 miles. (NOTE: No access from the Eastern side of the Park) A Bit of History: Sequoia National Park is America’s second oldest national park, after Yellowstone, and was established in 1890. Together, with Kings Canyon –its adjoining national park- the land area set aside covers over 860,000 acres. Mount Whitney, at 14,494 feet, is...Read More

Some Major Attractions in Sequoia NP

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The General Sherman Tree  Photo, Sequoia National Park, California
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Giant Forest Named by John Muir, the Giant Forest is the most famous attraction. In it, you can find the General Sherman Tree, which is named the largest living tree in the world. Believed to be around 2,100 years old, the Sherman Tree is over 102 feet in circumference at ground level! Moro Rock Also found in the Giant Forest area is Moro Rock, a large granite dome on which you can climb a foot trail to the top to get a wonderful view of the Great Western Divide. Tharp’s Log Named after the first non-native settler in the area that built a cabin out of a single fallen sequoia log. It is the oldest pioneer cabin in the park. ...Read More