We had been to Mariposa Grove years before and enjoyed it immensely. This time, we wanted to see the General Grant tree and other giant sequoias in the Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon NP.
We were pleasantly surprised that there were only a few cars when we reached the parking lot before 11am. Very different compared to Mariposa Grove at Yosemite NP where parking was a headache. The trail loop was paved, easy to walk, and was less than half a mile in length. Even those who are not really fit would have no problem on this trail.
We went inside the huge and long trunk of the Fallen Monarch, a sequoia tree that fell a long time ago. Sadly, we saw quite a number of graffiti inside the cavernous trunk. Near the Fallen Monarch was the impressive General Lee tree. After taking lots of pictures, we followed the trail to see the most famous tree in this trail, General Grant, the nation's Christmas Tree. Taking a photo of this giant tree was a challenge because of its size. A wooden fence surrounded the tree for its protection so nobody could get close to it. This impressive creation of nature sure made us feel insignificant in the grand scheme of things and at the same time left us in awe. Such beauty should be preserved forever and be enjoyed by those who will come after us.
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