Sequoia National Park is famous for its majestic sequoias, the world’s largest trees. A walk through the sequoia forest is like a journey into childhood fairy tales, with giants and goblins. At every step, you are amazed by the impressive magnificence of the trees that rise serenely to the blue sky of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The huge trees are so big that you can not see them in one glance.
The park has the highest concentration of giant sequoia forests in the world and are protected by the Giant Sequoia National Monument.
We started our trip to Sequoia National Park from Backersfield. We made an hour and a half by car on the CA 65 N to Exeter, then we took right on CA 198, to reach the most popular area of the park.
Below are the 5 attractions you should not miss if you go to Sequoia National Park.
1 Moro Rock
Moro Rock is a huge granite rock in the Sequoia National Park. It is located in the center of the park, at the head of Moro Creek, between the Giant Forest and Crescent Meadow. In the 1930s a staircase was built, so visitors could climb to the top. Moro Rock rises to 2,050 meters above the sea level, but excursionists have to climb only the last 90 meters of this altitude to enjoy panoramic views. The route is a 40-minute return journey, 400 climb stairs, quite difficult for people with high fear. The sensational view of the top, however, deserves all the effort.
2 Sequoia National Park’s Tunnel Log
You can not visit Sequoia Forest without having a ride by car through Tunnel Log. This tunnel appeared in the Sequoia National Park after a huge sequoia fell on Crescent Meadow Road in late 1937. The following summer, a tunnel was cut through the fallen trunk, making it an attraction for visitors. When it fell, the tree was 83.8 meters tall and had a diameter of 6.4 meters, at the base. The age of the tree when it fell was not determined, but probably exceeded 2000 years.
- Address: Moro Rock-Crescent Meadow Road, Sequoia National Park, CA
- Directions: Go east on Highway 198 in Sequoia National Park. The road then becomes General Highway. From Giant Forest Village head south-east on Moro Rock-Crescent Meadow Road. The tunnel is 2.5 km away.
3 The Giant Forest
The Giant Forest is the most famous forest in the Sequoia National Park. It stretches over 5 km2 and is the second largest sequoia forest in the world. The Giant Forest hosts half of the world’s largest and liveliest living trees. Named in 1875 by John Muir, the forest has over 8,000 colossal sequoia trees.
Address: Approximately an hour’s drive north from Ash Mountain entrance
4 Giant Forest Museum
One of the best ways to get to know the giant forest and its trees, is to visit the Giant Forest Museum. Here, you can learn how to make the difference between the sequoia and the tallest trees in the world, redwood, as well as numerous other information about the park fauna and flora.
Address: Generals Highway (California 198), Sequoia National Park, CA 93262
5 The Biggest Tree in the World – General Sherman Tree
The indisputable king of the forest, the General Sherman Tree, is not only the largest living tree in the world, but also the largest living body in the world.
General Sherman Tree measures 31 meters in circumference, rises to 84 meters and weighs 1200 tonnes. The giant continues to grow every year, adding enough wood to make another 18 meter high tree.
It is not the tallest tree in the world, nor the thickest of its base, but has been awarded the title of “the largest tree in the world” due to its total volume of wood that comes mostly from the trunk.
Address: Three Rivers, CA 93262, USA