Seniors Visit Sequoia National Park

Jun 18th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

My wife and I just returned from visiting Sequoia National Park in California.  What an experience!  I wish to share with you some of our four hour visit highlights associated with the the park. 

It is good climb upward just to arrive at the main entrance, but well worth it.  One area is called The Giant Forest.  Huge trees almost one on top of the other dot the landscape with a mixture of grand ponderosa and other pines mixed in with the dense forest.  These trees occur naturally only in various groves that exist on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  The vast majority of the park is roadless wilderness; in fact, to the surprise of many visitors, no road crosses the Sierra Nevada within the park’s boundaries. Eighty-four per cent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is designated as Wilderness and is accessible only by foot or by horse. The park spans 404,051 acres. 

The big trees are the prime attraction of California’s Sequoia National Park. Many groves of the remarkable giant sequoia are found scattered along the moist, west-facing slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between elevations of 5,000 and 7,000 feet. The scale and grandeur of these reddish giants is quite stunning.

More information for senior visits is available from Sequoia National Park at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, you’ll find the largest living giant sequoia trees in the world. The Park is also home to more than 300 animal species and 1,400 plant species. Pictures can not do the trees justice.  You must see them in person. More information on the giant sequoia trees can be found at this link.  

Facebook info page notes that the park is located on the western slope of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range and Sequoia National Park is the second oldest US National Park and home to the largest living thing on the planet – the General Sherman Tree.  The General Sherman Tree is the largest tree in the world with a height of 274.19 feet and a circumference at ground measuring 102.6 inches.  That’s a FAT TREE.  For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Sherman_(tree).  The Giant Forest contains five of the ten largest trees in the world.

The General Grant Tree is the only living thing designated by Congress as a national shrine. Pretty cool huh? This sequoia is a living memorial to the men and women of the United States who have given their lives in service to their country. If you’re planning a trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon, it is important to note that there are four distinct seasons and five unique regions. We saw snow everywhere along the road and each season and region offers different activities, facilities, and features. You may want to begin by selecting the season in which you will be visiting, then viewing activities in Things to Do or by learning more about the parks in Things to Know Before You Come. The seasonal Guide also offers information to help you plan your visit.

ENTRANCE FEES ARE $20 Per Vehicle.  Both roads leading to these parks approach from the west, from the San Joaquin Valley. They are open all day, every day, depending on weather. No roads cross these parks to the east side of the Sierra Nevada. From the east, no roads reach the park boundary. Study the map for complete road guides. For current park road conditions and other information call: 1-559-565-3341. Check for current advisories including road-construction delays. jeb



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