Sequoia National Park- A Park Of Extremes


Yosemite National Park may get all the pub and glory but Sequoia National Park is an enticing alternative high up in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.  If you like peace, solitude, adventure, rugged peaks, pristine lakes and rivers, along with it’s main attraction, Giant Sequoia Trees, then Sequoia is a preferred destination.  I worked a summer in Sequoia during my college years and it is a summer I will never forget. Where else can you encounter a black bear and a tarantula on the same day!

The park has immense elevation changes starting from the chaparral in the foothills at 1,300 feet, to dense sub alpine forests and onto the treeless alpine environment.  Sequoia is home to Mt Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,491 feet and the world’s largest tree, The General Sherman.

EUREKA DUNES

GENERAL SHERMAN TREE

The General Sherman Tree Has A Diameter Of Nearly 34 Feet

 

Fog rolls into Giant Forest and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at Sequoia National Park, California

 

FOG ROLLS THROUGH A FOREST

More Fog From the Valley Below

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CASTLE ROCKS IN FOG

Fog-Shrouded Castle Rocks

FALL FOILAGE IN SEQUOIA

Fall Colors Stand Out

FALL COLORS SURROUND A GIANT SEQUOIA

MOSS-COVERED TREES

Lichen-covered Lodgepole Pines

HIKING THE HIGH SIERRAS

Backpacking The Sierras

EAGLE SCOUT PEAK

Eagle Scout Peak Along The High Sierra Trail

HAMILTON LAKE MOMENT_2302

Relaxing In The Back Country At Hamilton Lakes

HAMILTON CREEEK FALLS

Hamilton Creek Falls

HIKING TO MT. WHITNEY

Hiking To The Top Of Mt. Whitney

MT WHITNEY CLOSEUP

Mt. Whitney

MT WHITNEY FROM ALABAMA HILLS

Mt. Whitney From The Owens Valley’s’ Alabama Hills

LOOKING NORTH FROM TOP OF MT WHITNEY

View From The Top

Sunrise at Mt.Whitney Trail Camp

Camping Below Whitney Summit

SOLO WHITNEY HIKER

Solo Whitney Hiker

KAWEAH RIVER EARLY EVENING

One Of My Favorite Rivers, The Kaweah River At The Sequoia Foothills

MIDDLE FORK KAWEAH RIVER

Kaweah River

Paradise Creek

PARADISE CREEK

SLOPE OF WILDFLOWERS

Wildflowers

SEQUOIA WILDFLOWERS

Mustang Clover

THREE SEQUOIAS

SEQUOIAS IN MOTION

Sequoia’s In A Blur………

MOTHER BLACK BEAR AND CUB YOSEMITE

Mother And Cub Black Bear

SEQUOIA DEER

More Wildlife

MOTHER BEAR WATCHES OVER CUB

SEQUOIA SNOW 2

Fresh Snow

Sequoia's Giant Forest BW_0073

SEQUOIA AGAINST SNOWY PINES

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SUNSET

From The Aptly Named Sunset Rock

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37 comments

  1. Engaging set of images that attest to Mother Nature’s majesty.

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  2. Stunning shots of this majestic place. Thank you so much for taking us there, Michael!

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  3. Lovely photos. I’ll have to go some day. How long did it take you to hike up and back Mt. McKinley?

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  4. Amazing photos! I would like to go there some day. One more on a list that keeps getting longer. 🙂

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  5. Your beautiful images warm up my heart. I have been numerous times at the Sequoia Park for camping at the one of the pristine lakes. Each time being there my heart sunk into happiness with the glory of it’s nature.

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  6. Lots of awesome nature revealed – thanks very much. Thom

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  7. Stunning photos! They gave me heart flutters.

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  8. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL photos! I’d like to climb Mt Whitney some time. I hear it’s a bit of a challenge 😉

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  9. Thank you, Michael for giving us another chance to view this series. Awesome images!!

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  10. I love seeing sequoias in snow – beautiful!

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  11. I have been thinking of you lately and wondering how you are. Gorgeous photographs, as always!

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  12. I used to go camping for so many years, to Lake Hume, at the end of summer when the crowd has left, such a beautiful lake to swim surrounded by all the grand views.

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  14. Impressive photos!!!! I visited Sierra Nevada last september and I went to the three National Parks… And I agree with you, Yosemite is magnificent, but Sequoia and Kings Canyon are perfect for enjoying the nature in a more intimate way, without all those crowds of tourists!! I loved the last two…
    Sequoia looks amazing in your photos! If I ever have the opportunity to visit it again, I think I’ll ask you for recommendations of not as well known places!! 🙂

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  15. Amazing nature, loved pics with wildlife as well! Hope such places will be there forever! Stay in touch, following your blog!

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  16. I would love to visit Sequoia National Park, and these beautiful photos are giving me serious wanderlust

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  17. Great pictures – thanks!

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  18. These photos are spectacular! Your favorite is mine as well, and I also love the blurring of the trees. But they are all amazing.

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  19. BEautiful! What is the weather like in the summers? Do you have any suggestions on where to stay in the area?

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    • Weather is mild in summer at upper elevations and where the Sequoia’s are. Hot at the foothills of the park. You can stay in the towns of Three Rivers(just outside the park) or in Visalia, 35 miles away. There is plenty of camping in park adn 1 lodge.

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