Sequoia National Park



ON BIG BLEND RADIO: From waterfalls to wildlife sightings, hiking trails to historic sites, programs and park attractions, public affairs officer Sintia Kawasaki-Yee shares what there is to experience this spring and summer in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in central California. Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, Podbean, or SoundCloud.


Visit the largest trees in the world by volume, the Giant Sequoias, that grow naturally only along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, primarily between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation. Established on September 25, 1890 and located in central California, Sequoia National Park is one of the first parks in the country, and is known for being home to the giant Sequoias. Here you can visit the General Sherman Tree (the largest living organism and tree in the world), explore the Crystal Cave, climb Moro Rock, take in spectacular views of Mt. Whitney (the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states), and hike through glacial canyons, lush meadows, oak woodlands, and granite peaks. Because of the range from low elevation to high, Sequoia NP has incredible scenery and a rich diversity of bird, plant and wildlife. Covering 404,064 acres, there are hundreds of streams, ponds, rivers, creeks and lakes, and over 200 marble caverns. Famous for its Big Trees and black bears, it is one of the most popular and well-known of our national parks.

Location & Local Communities: The most popular way into Sequoia National Park is from Hwy 198, through the vibrant art community of Three Rivers, to the park’s Ash Mountain entrance. If you’re heading to the remote Mineral King area of the park, look for the junction of Mineral King Road with Hwy 198 in Three Rivers, two miles before the Ash Mountain entrance. You can also reach Sequoia NP from Kings Canyon National Park’s Big Stump entrance that is accessible from Hwy 180. There are shuttle buses in the summer season. Local gateway communities include: Three Rivers (approx. 6 miles), Exeter (30 miles), Visalia (approx. 35 miles), Tulare (approx. 50 miles), Porterville (approx. 45 miles), Fresno (approx. 75 miles), and Bakersfield (approx. 95 miles).

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