Sequoia National Park Journals

Fall Weekends in Sequoia National Park

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A September 2006 trip to Sequoia National Park by applejacks

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Quote: Summarizes several fall weekend trips to Sequoia. Covers popular sights and some trails.

Lodgepole Campground

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Lodgepole Campground Photo, Sequoia National Park, California
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Lodgepole is one of 14 campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but it is one of the only four that are open year round. Lodgepole is about equidistant from the entrance to Sequoia from the south on CA Highway 198 and the entrance to Kings Canyon to the north on CA Highway 180. The campground is at an elevation of 6,700 feet in Sequoia National Park, is ideal for family camping, and has both tent and RV sites. The sites are $20 in the summer and $18 during the other seasons, but once there are heavy snows the price drops to $10. There are 214 sites available during the summer, but the number of sites declines during the other months. This is one of two campgrounds in the pa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Lodgepole Campground
47050 Generals Highway
Sequoia National Park, California 93271
800-365-CAMP

Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks

Attraction | "Big Trees Trail"

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The Big Trees Trail is a 1.2 mile loop trail that is paved and handicap accessible. It circles Round Meadow in the Giant Forest section of Sequoia National Forest. The trail can be reached by parking at the Giant Forest Museum and following the signs. There is also a small parking lot for cars with handicap plackards closer to the trail. Both of these parking lots are on the General's Highway, the main road running through the park, and the small handicap lot is on the left side after the Museum if you're heading north.The Big Trees Trail provides a nice introduction to the Giant Forest Sequoia Grove if you've never been to the park. There are informative panels all over the trail to enhan...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers 93271
(559) 565-3341

Crystal Cave

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Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks Photo, Three Rivers, California
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Crystal Cave is one of hundreds of caves located in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but it is the only cave open to the public. It is a marble cave formed by the metamorphism of limestone that was discovered in 1918. Crystal Cave is located at the bottom of a 15-mile road that is quite winding. The road is 3 miles south of General Sherman. All visitors to the cave must be with a tour. The most popular is the 45 minute tour, but a 2-hour tour "Discovery Tour" and a 4 to 6 hour "Wild Cave Tour" are also available. Tours are not conducted year round so make sure to check ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2006

Crystal Cave
Crystal Cave Road
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

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Attraction | "General Sherman Tree"

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The General Sherman Tree is a Giant Sequoia located in the Giant Forest Sequoia Grove at an approximate elevation of 7,000 feet. The General Sherman has the honor of being the largest tree (by volume) in the world. The General Sherman is apprxomately 275 feet tall and 102 feet in circumfrence at its base, and contains 52,500 cubic feet of wood. The General Sherman Tree is named for General William Tecumseh Sherman, who was a Union officer in the Civil War and later became commanding general of the US Army. A soldier who served under Sherman in the Civil War, James Wolverton, named the tree after his former leader.There are two parking lots that give you access to the General Sh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2006

General Sherman
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks

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Attraction | "Auto Log & Tunnel Log"

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Auto Log and Tunnel Log are two nostalgic pieces of Sequoia National Park's history. They are located near each other in an easily accessible part of the park and take only a few minutes a piece to view and photograph. Highly recommended when you consider the value-to-time spent ratio... and kids will get a kick out of Tunnel Log!Auto Log is a fallen Giant Sequoia that visitors used to drive their cars onto and take pictures. People have been doing this since the 1920s! However, Auto Log is rotting and can no longer support the weight of the cars, making taking the famous picture strictly verboten. But you can climb on top of the log and take a picture of yourself. Still fun, but I guess i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2006

Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers 93271
(559) 565-3341