Sequioa and Kings Canyon National Parks

Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
Trip End Jul 26, 2007

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Friday, June 22, 2007

At 10AM I drove out to the Great Forest in Sequioa.  I walked down the trail to the base of the General Sherman Tree.  Although it is not the highest or widest tree in the world, its overall size and mass make it the largest tree on the earth and therefore the largest living thing on the planet.  The General Sherman is 275 feet tall, the trunk weighs about 1,385 pounds and it has a ground circumference of 103 feet.  Here at this site I participated in a ranger discussion.  After I walked around the Giant Forest and viewed the gargantuan trees.

Next I drove to the base of Moro Rock which is a dome shaped granite monolith.  I walked up a steep, strenuous trail up 300 vertical feet to its summit.  Up top was a marvelous 360 degree view of the Sierra Mountain Range.  I caught my breath and enjoyed the view.

After I drove to the Giant Forest Museum and had lunch next to Sentinel Tree. 

After visiting the museum I drove north through the park to Kings Canyon National Park.  I met up for another ranger tour in Grant's Grove.  I saw the General Grant tree which is known as America's Christmas Tree.

From there I drove to Junction View for a spectacular view of the canyon and then drove down to Hume Lake.

In the evening I started a campfire and sat out under the stars.  My site is incredible with my tent situated between two sequioas and the stars illuminating the sky.

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