Sequoia

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Sequoia National Park is administrated in tandem with Kings Canyon, however they are still two individual parks in the system. The high altitude causes the road between the parks, The General's Highway, to close in early fall, this means in order to visit them you have to drive outside the park, and down south, this long detour takes about 2 hours. You are driving south and down mountains, causing the temperature to rise. I was treated to beautiful fields of wild poppies on the sides of the hills as I drove down the winding back road, they were beautiful.

Eventaully I made it to Sequoia. This park was much more crowded than Kings Canyon up above, though not as crowded as I'm sure it gets in the middle of summer. The Sequoia trees down here are much more dense and seem much larger than those up above, though I'm sure that's just bias. I did a few trails around the entrance, after getting some info from the visitor center, I decided to hike to Moro Rock. It was only 1.5 miles from the visitor center, and like Panoramic Point, it follows a snow covered road for most of the way. However, at the end is 350 stone steps that you hike up to get a 360 degree view of the valley. The steps were rough, but the view is worth it. It's not anything that looks dangerous, there's plenty of railings. The valley was effecting the weather because clouds were racing by, I was still able to get some wonderful views though.

On my way back to the visitor venter I decided to try a different route. I had the park maps, and a general I dea of where I wanted to go. Tunnel Tree was only a half mile up the road. It's quite a small tree to be honest, then again, the cars of that time period were much smaller in general. From Tunnel Tree, I thought I'd go back to the visitor center through a trail in the woods. I was mostly easy to follow, though I will admit I got scared I had lost the trail in the snow a few times. I mis-calculated, or I did get off track because I ended up coming out along the Big Trees Trail, a short 0.25 mile loop through some trees and a marsh. I dediced since I was there, I'd do that and enjoy the area.

Next on the list to see was General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. This tree has a nice trail around it.

Overall, I give this day a rating of:

Modern technology is so cool! I have a handheld GPS unit that comes in really handy for tracking the many miles of activity I did in Sequoia. (It's also pretty good at making sure I don't get lost and die). I've used it to highlight the paths hiked through each park, as well as geo-tag the individual photographs taken.