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Suggested 3-day itinerary for Sequoia with kids ages 7-13?

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Suggested 3-day itinerary for Sequoia with kids ages 7-13?

We are arriving next week Wednesday afternoon to Lodgepole campsite in Sequoia around 2 p.m. and will check out on Saturday morning, but have some time up until around noon that day to do some final sightseeing. Does anyone have a suggested must-sees itinerary for those days? We are definitely doing the Crystal Caves Thursday morning, but need help figuring out how to plan the days and how much time to alot to each activity. We are traveling with 3 other families, with kids ages 7-13. We'll also be bringing our bikes in hopes of being able to enjoy sightseeing that way. We found it very useful to have bikes in Yosemite. Bikes useful in Sequoia? Appreciate any experienced opinions!

Monterey, California
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1. Re: Suggested 3-day itinerary for Sequoia with kids ages 7-13?

Hi,

Bikes are not a good idea except perhaps in the Lodgepole campground.

There aren't any bike paths or lanes on the roads and its very hilly (mountainous) with lots of winding curves etc.

It's not like Yosemite valley. .....

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2. Re: Suggested 3-day itinerary for Sequoia with kids ages 7-13?

Yeah, Sequioa does not look bikeable, except maybe for the really hardcore bike riders!

Maybe this will give you a few ideas:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g143050-i904-k5651…

This is the link to the Sequioa and Kings Canyon portion of our CA trip from last year.

KCNP, California
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3. Re: Suggested 3-day itinerary for Sequoia with kids ages 7-13?

Hi Maxinegal,

OhioHick and Larryjohn are right, Sequoia doesn't really have any good biking, unless you are serious mountainbikers! The kids may enjoy biking around the campground though. However, there are so many fun things for families with kids to do in these parks.

I recommend:

Do the Tokopah Falls hike with the kids & pack a trail lunch. This is an easy hike right from the Lodgepole campgrounds and ends at a beautiful waterfall -- great spot for a picnic lunch. The kids will love seeing the Marmots, and I've often seen some bears off of this trail -- just make sure no one gets too close to the animals (especially stay away from Mama bears & cubs).

Drive down to the Giant Forest Area of Sequoia. The kids will love hiking Moro rock and be rewarded with a 360 degree view at the top (takes about 20-minutes to get to the top), I started taking my kids when they were very young for this and they love it! While you are there, make sure to have the kids climb on Auto Log, drive them through Tunnel Log, and find Tharp's Log (an old pioneer cabin made out of a fallen sequoia) on the Crescent Meadow loop trail. Since the kids are a bit older they may enjoy the Giant Forest Museum as well. Since your planning to go to Crystal Cave, it is just south of the Giant Forest Area, but make sure you purchase your tickets at the Lodgepole visitor center first (and leave yourself plenty of time, it takes a while to reach the Crystal Cave parking lot as it is along a very windy road).

Drive North from Lodgepole and visit the Giant Sherman Tree. It is the largest in the World, and kids love to see the biggest things!

Kids really love visiting the General Grant Tree and the Grant Grove of giant sequoias near the Y intersection of Hwy 198 & Hwy 180. Not only can kids visit the General Grant Tree (the Nation's Christmas Tree), but the grove has a fallen sequoia (The Fallen Monarch), which served as the first lodging in the park and housed the U.S. Calvary's Horses when they protected the parks prior to the development of the NPS. The kids love climbing through this fallen sequoia. Additionally, there are many trees named after States, and kids will have fun finding the trees named after their State (there is a trail map at the trailhead that you can purchase, which identifies where the trees are located). Additionally, there is a pioneer cabin in the grove as well. If you want the kids to have a great horseback-riding experience, visit the Grant Grove Stables. They do trail rides that take you through part of the Grant Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Kings Canyon National Park Visitor's Center in Grant Grove Village (on your right as you head towards the Grant Tree, is also a great place to take kids.

Take the kids to Hume Lake to swim or rent a Kayak or boat from the Hume Lake Christian Camp or bring your bikes (you can rent them too). I also recommend taking kids to the Snack Bar run by the Christian Camp on the edge of the lake -- great lunch food & ice cream -- and open to the general public! Spend the day swimming at the Sandy Cove beach on the Southern side of the lake (near 10-mile creek). You can spend a whole day at Hume Lake and there are spectacular views of the Kings Canyon back country everywhere you look -- just beautiful!

The drive into Kings Canyon to Cedar Grove is spectacular as well. You can stop along the way to take the Boyden Cavern Tour (tours every half hour), where the roadway meets the bridge over the Kings River. What is fun about this tour is that the kids can exit the cave by climbing along the dry creekbed at the base of the cave (again, it feels like a fun exploration for the kids). Just beyond Boyden cavern, stop by Grizzly Falls (parking area will be on your left). The falls are beautiful and it's a great picnic spot. Also, the kids can wade in the shallow pools at the base of the falls to cool off -- just don't let them get near the falls or climb the rocks -- very slippery and dangerous.

If you drive all the way to Cedar Grove, have the kids check out Roaring River Falls, take the easy Zumwalt Meadow hike, and take a short trail ride from the Cedar Grove Stables. You can grab lunch at the Cedar Grove Snack bar or Market, or bring a picnic lunch. If you want to do a more strenuous hike, ask at the Cedar Grove Ranger Station to find a hike suitable for your group.

This list can easily fill 3 days and more. I would recommend Sequoia first, Hume Lake the second day, and Grant Grove/Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon the third day. Your kids will come home tired, but will have had a blast. You may also want to check out what Ranger-led programs are happening during your stay here: nps.gov/seki/…rangerprogsched.htm

Have a great trip!

Monterey, California
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4. Re: Suggested 3-day itinerary for Sequoia with kids ages 7-13?

PS: Bikes are not allowed on any trails in the parks.

There is limited biking in the forest areas.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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5. Re: Suggested 3-day itinerary for Sequoia with kids ages 7-13?

MSLodge that is the perfect list of things to do. My son now 11 was six when he first climbed Moro Rock. We do it every year on our first day in the park.

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