This is a family-friendly day trip itinerary through Sequoia National Park and all the hikes included are easy to moderate.
The entrance fee into Sequoia National Park is $35 for private vehicles and it is valid for 7 days. Reservations are not required for entry, but they are required for camping. For more information, visit National Park Service's website.
Although all of the activities in this itinerary are outdoors, some are popular tourist attractions and can get crowded, especially Moro Rock and the General Sherman Tree. Please protect yourself and others by wearing a face mask in public areas and practice social distancing.
Stop 1: Moro Rock
Moro rock is a granite dome that you can climb up on a narrow path and stairway with approximately 350 steps. It is a short but somewhat strenuous climb. Although there are railings, there are some steep dropoffs so if you are afraid of heights, be warned! Once at the top, you are rewarded with gorgeous panoramic views of San Joaquin Valley on one side and the snowcapped mountains of the Great Western Divide on the other.
Stop 2: Crescent Meadow and Tharp's Log
This is a great spot to stop for lunch - there are some picnic tables and benches near the parking lot. Afterwards, go on an easy 2-mile loop around Crescent Meadow in the cool shade under the canopy of giant trees.
Stop 3: Tunnel Log
Drive, walk, bike, skateboard through tunnel log! This giant sequoia tree straddling both sides of Crescent Meadow Road fell in 1937 and a tunnel was made from it the following summer. It has since become a famous tourist attraction in the park.
Stop 4: Big Trees Trail
Easy 1.4 mile loop through giant sequoias. Take in the sight and smell of the forest :)
Stop 5: General Sherman Tree
No visit to Sequoia National Park is complete without seeing the General Sherman Tree. Measuring 275 feet in height and 36 feet in diameter at the base, the General Sherman is the world's largest tree and it is believed to be older than 2,000 years old! From the parking lot, it is a 0.8-mile paved trail down to the General Sherman Tree.
After visiting Sequoia, we drove up to Yosemite National Park in the evening and spent the next 3 days there. Check out our Yosemite blog post!
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