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CALIFORNIA: Sequoia National Park

Hi friends, Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  As you can tell, I took a mini break from the blog, but now I’m back at it.  I’ve missed you all!

One of the last trips my husband and I took in 2017 was a quick little road trip up to Sequoia National Park.  California is filled with so many amazing national parks and to be honest, we don’t take advantage of them enough.  Hopefully we’ll get better at that in 2018! 😉

The main attraction at Sequoia are the giant Sequoia trees, and when I say “giant” I mean GIANT!!  People don’t call it the Land of Giants for nothing.

There are many hiking trails throughout the park so pick and choose what you think you would like to do best.

We started early in the morning (we camped at Grant Grove Cabins) because we knew we had a full day of hiking ahead of us.  We parked at the Giant Forest Museum and hiked Rimrock Trail (about 2 miles) to General Sherman’s Tree – only the LARGEST tree on earth!  Amazing!Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the GiantsSugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

After checking out the tree, which was pretty crowded with peeps (I might add), we continued on to Congress Trail.Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

I think Congress Trail was my favorite part of the hike.  It’s truly magical.  I mean, check out how minuscule we are to these trees.  Whaaaat???Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the GiantsSugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

Congress Trail leads into Circle Meadow Loops trail where we passed by Cattle Cabin.  How cute.  This cabin was built back in 1890.  So cool.Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

We encountered few people along the trail which made our hike so peaceful and enjoyable.Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the GiantsSugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the GiantsSugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

We eventually made it over to Crescent Meadow.  I was hoping (but secretly not hoping) to see a bear, but we didn’t.  Maybe next time?!Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the GiantsSugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

After Crescent Meadow, we took a quick water/snack break, checked our map and took Sugar Pine Trail to Moro Rock.  Check it out in the distance.Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

Don’t let the stairs scare you off.  They are definitely doable.  People of all ages were hiking to the top.Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

It was a little crowded, but once you get to the top you’re breath is taken away by the incredible view.Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the GiantsSugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

Totally worth it.Sugar Pine Trail, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree, Congress Trail, Crescent Meadow, Giant Sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra National Forest, National Park, California, Camping, Hiking, Land of the Giants

In total, we hiked around 10 miles.  Each trail was around two miles or so.  It really didn’t feel like we hiked that many miles, I think because we couldn’t get over the beauty we were seeing.  It was amazing!

I loved Sequoia but I can’t wait to check out more parks.  My husband still hasn’t been to Yosemite (I know!) and I haven’t been there in over ten years so hopefully we’ll cross that off our list this year.  Any parks you recommend?  I’d love to hear your suggestions.

XO, Jenneke Rose

 

6 thoughts on “CALIFORNIA: Sequoia National Park

  1. OOOOOH you are giving me major cravings to visit another national park!!! I am dying to go here. I will definitely take your recommendations when I do. Those Sequoias are absolutely INSANE. Love this post!

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  2. Been there six years ago and this post brought back memories! We didn’t visit the trail, so now it’s your “fault” that we have to go back and visit 😉 All the best & cheers from Nova Scotia 🙂

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    1. Wow, thank you for your kind words from Nova Scotia! Now that looks like an amazing place to be. 🙂 I hope you get the chance to visit the Sequoias again. They truly are breathtaking. xo.

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  3. Loved reading this beautifully written blog and the captivating pictures. You covered so much in one day! 🙂 You have to go to Yosemite soon. Yolie and I finally went there after living here for so many years; it was so beautiful; we loved it; we saw people climbing El Capitan; they looked like ants! 🙂 Love you Jenneke Rose.

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