The Sequoia National Park is a national park located in the east of Visalia, California in the United States. The park is perfect for nature lovers, trekkers, and hikers. If you are set to explore this stunning park, here are the must-see attractions you shouldn’t miss:
1. The Giant Forest
The 404,064 acres park is home to herculean sequoia trees, including the General Sherman Tree. The General Sherman Tree happens to be the largest tree in the world! The tree is about 2,100-year-old and weighs an estimated 1,385 tons. It is also one of the oldest trees on Earth. Quite a treasure, indeed! The tree was named after Union Army general William Tecumseh Sherman, a leader in the American Civil War.
Apart from the General Sherman Tree, there are 9 other massive trees located within the 1,880 acres forest. The forest also features over 40 miles of hiking trails.
2. Crystal Cave
The Crystal Cave is a marble karst cave located off the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park. This mysterious natural wonder is one of the 240 caves in the park. The Crystal Cave is near the Giant Forest, sitting between the Ash mountain entrance and the Giant Forest museum. Inside the cave, the temperature remains constant at 48 °F or 9 °C.
The Crystal Cave is only accessible via a guided tour. You can purchase the tickets at the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Center. The tickets are not sold on site.
3. Moro Rock
The Moro Rock is a stunning granite domed rock formation that dominates the park’s landscape. The granite rock formation is located in the Giant Forest. It features a stunning view of the western half of the Sequoia National Park, including the rows of peaks between Sequoia and Kings Canyon.
To reach the rock’s summit, you’ll have to climb 350 stairs, which was formed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Depending on your pace, you should reach the top of the rock in 15 minutes. Once you reach the top, the Moro Rock puts you at a dizzying 6,500 feet above sea level.
4. Crescent Meadow
The Crescent Meadow is a tree-less landscape located within the Giant Forest. Apart from the scenic view, the meadow also features the Tharp’s Log. The log is made from a hollowed giant sequoia. It was used as a shelter by early pioneers. The hollowed out log was named after Hale Tharp. Hale Tharp is the first non-native American to enter the Giant Forest. Hale Tharp used the log as his summer home. The tree house features a small bedroom.
The Crescent Meadow is described by Scottish-American naturalist John Muir as one of “The Gem of the Sierras.”
5. High Sierra Trail
For those who are hoping for a more challenging adventure, we highly recommend checking out the High Sierra Trail. Located near the Crescent Meadow Trail, this popular trail will take you as far back into the Great Western Divide at Kaweah Gap and beyond. The trail also leads to the famous John Muir Trail. This trail is just 13 miles from the Mount Whitney’s Summit.