Guidebook

Towering Trees & Mountain Peaks in Sequoia National Park

Sequoias and summits, oh my!

Greg Heil

Description

With 1.5 million visitors per year, Sequoia National Park receives a fraction of the traffic that its famous neighbor to the north—Yosemite—does. While avoiding the 5 million annual visitors to Yosemite could be reason enough to head to Sequoia, this stunning national park offers a wealth of outdoor beauty and adventure all its own.

Sequoia National Park is home to preeminent organisms and mountain peaks that know no rival anywhere else on the continent... or on planet earth. Most notably, the General Sherman Tree is arguably the focal point of the entire park. "The General Sherman Tree is the world's largest tree, measured by volume," according to the NPS. "It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet (5.3 m) in diameter." Surrounding the General Sherman Tree is the Congress Grove, one of the largest and most beautiful groves of sequoias in the world.

On the eastern edge of the park, Mount Whitney soars to a height of 14,505 feet above sea level, claiming the title of "tallest mountain in the lower 48 states." While most of the classic route to the top of Whitney via the Whitney Portal lies outside the national park boundary, if you approach Whitney from the west instead, you'll hike entirely within Sequoia National Park.

Other top hikes in Sequoia National Park include the lengthy route known as the Lakes Trail, which is widely regarded as one of the most incredible day hikes in the entire USA! Outshining the Lakes Trail on sheer length and epicness, the 62-mile High Sierra Trail crosses the entire Sierra Nevada Range, largely within the bounds of Sequoia National Park.

And this is just a taste of the many adventures that await in Sequoia National Park! Dive deep into this guidebook to discover what other magical sights and experiences could await you if you choose Sequoia National Park for your next adventure destination.

Giant Forest Loop
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Giant Forest Loop

3 - 4 hrs
11.2 km
441 m
441 m
This 7-mile hike rolls through groves of the largest trees on planet earth.
Moderate
Private
Congress Grove
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Congress Grove

1 - 2 hrs
4.8 km
188 m
188 m
Hike past the largest tree in the world!
Easy
Private
Lakes Trail
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Lakes Trail

4 - 5 hrs
19.3 km
981 m
981 m
Widely regarded as one of the most incredible day hikes in the USA!
Difficult
Private
Mount Whitney via Whitney Portal
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Mount Whitney via Whitney Portal

32.8 km
2,001 m
The famous day or overnight hike to stand atop the contiguous United States' highest summit.
Moderate
Private
High Sierra Trail
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High Sierra Trail

1 day +
99.9 km
4,676 m
4,172 m
A committing crossing of California's Sierra Nevada with the option to summit Mt. Whitney.
Difficult
Private
Moro Rock
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Moro Rock

1 - 2 hrs
5.8 km
219 m
219 m
One of the most popular hikes in Sequoia National Park leads to stunning 360-degree views of the region.
Moderate
Private
Tokopah Falls
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Tokopah Falls

1 - 2 hrs
6.1 km
213 m
213 m
At 1,200 feet tall, Tokopah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Sequoia National Park.
Moderate
Private
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Evolution Valley Loop

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Evolution Valley Loop

1 day +
57.4 km
2,488 m
2,491 m
Hike cross-country through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to a pocket of dreamy lakeside camps on the John Muir Trail.
Difficult
Private
Sequoia National Park: Lone Pine Peak via Meysan Lake Trail

Sequoia National Park: Lone Pine Peak via Meysan Lake Trail

4 - 5 hrs
7.8 km
1,590 m
67 m
Climb without crowds to the state's top mountain view on this 9.6-mile out-and-back in Sequoia National Park.
Difficult
Private