Seeing the largest trees in the world at Sequoia National Park

De and I were able to visit Sequoia National Park (and a little of King's Canyon) for our annual pre-Thanksgiving trip this year.  Sequoia National Park features the General Sherman tree, the largest tree by volume known on the planet.  These sequoias are not as tall as the coastal redwoods (a cousin tree) but their trunks are massive.  Sherman's is 40 feet across!  The Congress Trail in Sequoia National Park includes the Sherman tree, as well as the Senate and House Groves, President McKinley tree and more.

Both Sequoia and King's Canyon national parks are are enormous and cover a lot of territory.  We were able to get a few glimpses of King's Canyon and Hume Lake because the roads were not yet closed for the winter season.  The Canyon was carved by glaciers from granite, is massive (and thus aptly named),  with a maximum depth of 8,200 feet (2,500 m), and one of the deepest canyons in the United States.  Also in King's Canyon is a small, detached sequoia grove that features the General Grant tree and historic Gamlin cabin.

If you've already visited Yosemite National Park, and are ready for another beautiful California federal site, Sequoia National Park is well worth visiting, especially if you are looking for quiet, secluded hikes.  (For lots of helpful information on visiting, check out the National Parks' webpage I'd love to go back and spend more time in the King's Canyon section, and I'm sure we will return for more great photo opportunities.

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