Where: Sierra Nevada mountains, 5 hrs from LA, California, USA
Best Season: Year round sunshine – avoid the heat of summer if you’re not used to extreme temperatures
Best Sights: the 3000 year old Sequoia trees, the tallest living thing on the planet
Remember to Bring: If you’re planning long or complex hikes, hire a guide
Watch Out For: Forest fires
King’s Canyon is a National Park located in the heartland of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, just a five hour drive from the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. It’s actually made up of 2 parks: King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park. Together cover 862,000 square miles of breathtakingly beautiful scenery, where you can find some of the best backcountry trekking on the west coast. King’s Canyon – Sequoia is also home to the world’s largest living thing – the giant Sequoia tree.
Our Journey Path (as featured in Best Treks)
Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park is situated in Central California, north west of the Mojave Desert. For Los Angeles-based Cristina LaMonica it’s a trekking treasure just 5 hours from home. Entering the Sequoia National Park at the western Ash Mountain entrance, Cristina heads out with her guide toward Moro Rock,where she stops off to see the incredible giant sequoia groves. From there she hikes north intoKing’s Canyon National Park, on to Lookout Peak and descends into Kings Canyon. Heading due east along the Bubb’s Creek Trail, Cristina climbs five thousand feet through the Kearsarge Pass and crosses over the crest of the high Sierra Nevadas.
– Visiting the General Sherman Tree. At 52,500 cubic feet, this is the largest living thing in the world.
– Paying a visit to Moro Rock, where 19th century ecologist John Muir gave lectures to his students. His ideas about the relationship between human beings and nature spawned the modern ecology movement.
– If you’re the solitary type, hiking for days without seeing a soul. However, with over 800 miles of trails throughout the park, it’s easy to get lost so make sure you take a map or better still, go with a guide.
– There are 800 miles of trails that wind through Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, taking in some of the most pristine and spectacular alpine scenery in the United States. With such a vast network of trails in the Sierras it’s easy to get lost, so if you’re planning a multi-day backcountry trek consider hiring a guide.
– Wilderness permits are required for all overnight trips and are available at the ranger station nearest your trailhead. You’ll also receive an NPS map of the park.
Did you know?
– Besides being the tallest living thing on the planet, the Sequoia tree can live for up to three thousand years.
– Fire is a natural part of the Sierra Nevada. Seqouia Forests need the heat of the fires to release the seeds from the cones and open up the forest canopy so that sunlight can reach the young seedlings. The trained fire crews carefully plan the size and timings of the fires, which gets rid of the undergrowth of deadwood that can actually lead to devastating wild fires.
– King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are also great places to visit in the winter. BothGrant Grove and Giant Forest areas of the parks offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on marked trails.
– The Sierra Nevada mountain range is the longest mountain range in the continental USA, stretching four hundred miles and 60 to 80 miles wide. The Sierra Nevada acts as a massive barrier along most of eastern California. It joins the southern end of the Cascade mountains just north of Lake Tahoe, stretching all the way down to the Mojave Desert in the south of the state.
– The Southern end of the Sierra Nevada range is where you’ll find its highest peaks, includingMount Whitney. At 14, 497 feet, this is the highest mountain in the continental USA.
The World Outside
2840 Wilderness Place, Suite F
Boulder, Colorado 80301 USA
Toll Free Tel: 1-800-488-8483
Local: (303) 413-0938 Fax: (303) 413-0926
King’s Canyon/Sequoia National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, California 93271-9651
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