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

37 responses to “Sequoia National Park- A Park Of Extremes”

    • I remember Cornelia during my college days when I worked in Sequoia and we camped out under the stars at Pear Lake. Just as I was falling asleep, I opened my eyes and standing right above and next to me was a deer. I had trouble sleeping after that!

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  1. 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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    • 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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