Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park in California's Sierra Nevada mountains is a land of superlatives: It was the second national park to be designated in the U.S., boasts the tallest mountain in the continental U.S., and is home to the largest tree on earth.

Mount Whitney's granite peak rises 14,505 feet above sea level and can be reached from the Giant Forest by expert hikers taking the arduous High Sierra trail. "General Sherman," a sequoia tree in the Giant Forest, is the world's most voluminous living tree specimen, standing 275 feet high with a base circumference of over 100 feet.

The park's lower elevations feature spectacular waterfalls and more than 200 known caves of beautiful stalactites and naturally polished marble. Most of the park is secluded wilderness and backcountry, and can be reached only by hiking or horseback riding.

—B. Stanton, NPCA

If You Go

You must secure your food and any other scented items from black bears, which have been known to break into cars in search of snacks. The Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group has a list of approved food storage containers on their website:



Air pollution is among the most serious threats to national parks. The National Park Service has established the NPS air quality webcam network to show “live” digital images of more than a dozen parks. Click here to see current air conditions at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.








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March 13, 2014

this site helped a lot with my research parer in college.


August 6, 2013

THANK YOU TO THE WONDERFUL SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK STAFF! (Officers Emerson and ??Garcia??) On Wednesday 10 July, I left the boot on our rental car open for a short while on the drive from Big Stump entrance to the south of the park. We closed it, but about two hours later discovered at the south of the park, near the General Sherman tree, that a suitcase was missing. We drove back to Big Stump. Someone had handed in the suitcase, and the officers at the entrance brought it to us. Thank you so much! One officer's name was J. Emerson. Another young officer, who was very helpful, perhaps his name was Garcia. We had a much longer drive of course to San Diego, but were greatly relieved to have back the suitcase with all our medicines, gifts, .. Not only is Sequoia magnificent, its staff are wonderful too!


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April 26, 2012


whitney or bust

January 21, 2012

sequoia has captured my heart. it is a park like none other. words cannot begin to describe the beauty of this park. this past summer i got the opportunity to go backpacking for 4 nights/5 days with two of my greatest friends, from crescent meadow up whitney and through the whitney portal. i was surrounded on every side by GOD's creation and was constantly reminded of how awesome He is. if you have the chance to visit this park... sure take a quick glance at the large trees and stroll up moro rock but do not leave without taking at least a four hour hike on the high sierra trail and if you have the chance hit up the john muir trail and the pacific crest trail... and hey while you're at it climb to the top of mount whitney. it'll kill your body going up but remember- it's all downhill from whitney.


November 10, 2011

Sequoia is incredible. I have been there nearly every year since I was a baby, a family tradition I will carry on. Very beautiful place, make sure you have room on your camera and keep it out for bears and deer sitings. Crystal caves is exquisite!

Sierra Explorer

November 10, 2011

Beautiful place! Similar to Yosemite in some ways and with less crowds. I love the humbling feeling you experience while walking amongst the massive sequoia trees. They're spectacular!

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