Beautiful Sequoia National Park

I want to start this post with some of my favorite photos from this trip along with my favorite sayings/quotations. If you would like more information,and photos, about my experience in the Sequoia just keep scrolling 🙂 Enjoy!


“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus
Big Trees Trail
Big Trees Trail

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”

William Wordsworth
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Big Trees Trail
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
— Rachel Carson
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Crescent Meadow

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein
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Crescent Meadow

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

Anthony J. D’Angelo
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“Even if one tree falls down it wouldn’t affect the entire forest.”

Chen Shui-bian
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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

John Muir
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Crescent Meadow

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”

Theodore Roethke
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I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert

Conclusion

My First Visit in Sequoia
My First Visit in Sequoia

News about flash floods and  stranded vehicles on the 5 freeway (near Grapevine) was all over the media just two days before my trip to Sequoia. I was very close to canceling the trip but I’m glad I didn’t. Hours before driving, the rain stopped and the road condition was reported to be safe for traffic.

Bear
Bear Hill

Sequoia National Park BigTrees_DSC4150  is a 404,064 acres park situated in the Sierra Nevada, only 3 hours away from Los Angeles.
A true hiker’s paradise, Sequoia is home to magnificent hiking trails–you have more than 1000 choices. There are short and long trails for everyone to enjoy.
Some of the top-rated Sequoia hikes include; Big Trees Trail, Crescent Meadow Loop Trail, Congress Trail, Tokopah Falls Trail, Hazelwood Nature Trail, Alta Peak Trail, and the High Sierra Trail to Bearpaw Meadow.

My favorite trail :)
My favorite trail 🙂

The hiking trails provides out of this world experience to one of the most amazing tree groves in the world, you’ll get to enjoy flora and faunas of different colors, majestic trees of small and medium sizes, and of course, there’s the General Shermanlargest tree in the world.

General Sherman. So tall even my wide angle lens had a hard time capturing it!
The General Sherman.
So tall even my wide angle lens had a hard time capturing it!
General Sherman from another angle.
General Sherman from another angle.

The entrance fee to the park cost $20.00 per vehicle and $10.00 for individuals traveling on foot, motorcycle, or bicycle. Both passes are valid for 7 days. The park also offers annual passes for both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. For more detailed information please click here.

Accomodation

There are plenty of accommodation choices near the park. My boyfriend and I stayed at the Sierra Lodge, we got a very clean room with king-sized bed, bathroom, and a balcony. The hotel offers complimentary beverages and pastries for breakfast. I highly recommend this place, it was a bit dated but the hotel feels very homey and actually very clean! Below are some photos of the reception area. Biggest fail for not taking bedroom photos.

They have books in
They have books and maps on the front desk.  And a bear!

The biggest plus for me is its close proximity to the park, only 3 miles away from the southern entrance. There is only one thing I hated about this place, although there are designated parking spots for each rooms, the parking entrance leading to the lot is too small. Other than that, this hotel is perfect for couples and families. Rates start at $68.00 a night. To book rooms visit http://www.sierra-lodge.com. You can also find them on Agoda, Hotels.com, or Priceline.

FOG + Hiking

I am no fog expert but I am definitely a fog lover!

On the way to Tharp's Log we saw this amazing tree almost covered in fog!
On the way to Tharp’s Log we saw this amazing tree almost covered in fog!

I think fogs can add emotion to just about anything, it can make a boring hike interesting and it can definitely make any photograph dramatic.

Look at all the clouds!
Look at all the clouds!

The rain was pouring throughout the night before my hike to the Sequoias. I was excited and nervous at the same time. Nervous because of the possible park closure caused by mudslides. Excited because with every rain comes an amazing fog phenomenon! The rain didn’t tamed down until 9am the next morning. We started heading to the park entrance by 10am. The entire park is safe for visitors with only one closure, the Crystal Cave. 

There are many hiking trail choices in the park. One of my favorites is the Crescent Meadow hike, this is where I experienced the fog phenomenon I was looking for. 

The Gem of the Sierras
The Gem of the Sierras

 

 

 

 

Another one of my favorites is the Big Trees Trail.  Right by the trail is Ed by Ned, from afar it looks like one giant tree with one trunk. But it’s actually a formation of 2 trees that grew very closely to each other. Just look at the top and you’ll notice the two trunks. Twin trees! 

Say hi to Ed by NEd. Looks like one giant tree from afar. But it's actually a formation of 2 trees grown very closely to each other. Twin trees!
Say Hi to Ed by Ned.
Me posing with the trees
Me posing with the trees
I felt really small walking around the Big Trees trail. It was a gloomy day but we experienced a little bit of sun shine along the trail. The lights hitting the big trees made its reddish trunk more dramatic.
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Big Trees Trail
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Big Trees Trail
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Tharps Log described by John Muir as a “noble den”

And finally, our hike ended at Tharp’s Log. A cattleman named Tharp started a small cattle ranch in the Big Forest area. He then built a cabin, equipped with window, fireplace, and a door, out of a fallen log. The log was hollowed by fire through fifty-five feet of its seventy-foot length.

 

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3 thoughts on “Beautiful Sequoia National Park

  1. I love your photos! I went during the winter and was not able to hike but to see the contrast between the two seasons is amazing! This definitely makes me want to go back when it is not snowing lol

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    1. Thank you! You should definitely come back. It’s amazing up there especially when the for rolls in. I also saw 2 bears! So don’t forget to bring a bear spray. Just incase lol One thing I wished I did on my trip was to I hike the Moro Rock. But I’ll save that for next time 🙂

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