The forest is magical... towering trees, lingering snowpack and just the sounds of nature as your walk along the hiking trails. Sequoia National Park and neighboring Kings Canyon National Park are beautiful! If you didn't have signs telling you otherwise, you would not even notice the difference ein the two parks, but since they are literally touching you can't visit one without visiting the other.
In April the travel squad once again packed up the car and headed north for the weekend. I a trip that lasted just 54 hours we drove from San Diego to Sequoia National Park to spend Saturday hiking there. Spent Sunday hiking 16 miles in Kings Canyon National Park (read on for the story on that one, haha) and drove back home in time to get in some sleep before work on Monday. A short, but amazing weekend trip.
At Sequoia National Park we hiked the Topekah Falls trail to a waterfall that cascades down granite. Since we visited in April after one of the best snow winters in years, many trails were closed or partially hidden by snow. As was the case with this one. Hiking through the snow has a serene vibe, but because the trail was covered in snow we easily lost track of the path and never made it the waterfall. We did see it from afar, and it looked cool. Tip for you - keep right in the canyon. On the left side there are plenty of smaller creek/waterfalls, but the big one is on the right side.
After the hike we visited the iconic giant Sequoia tree, General Sherman. It was epic! But so are all the equally as grand trees throughout the forest.
On Sunday, we woke up early to see Grant Grove before a day of hiking at Kings Canyon National Park. We chose the Hart Tree Loop Trail, a 6.4 mile loop through forest, meadows, waterfalls, and plenty of gigantic, cool trees. Because of the snow the two mile road to get to the trailhead was closed, so 6.4 miles because 10.4 miles. Only again, because of the snow we got off trail again, missed one of the famous landmarks Fallen Goliath, and ended the hike with 16 miles clocked. It was long! But worth the views and the story.