We visited Sequoia National Park in August of 2005. I must say, it was even more beautiful than we had expected it to be. The drive from the town of Three rivers up to the Wuksachi Lodge is long,steep and very curvey but filled with the most beautiful scenery. The first time we saw a sequoia tree it just seemed unreal; it was so large.
We stayed at the Wuksachi Lodge which was quit expensive (over $200) but is in a very good location for exploring the park. Our room was on the end of the building near the wooden pathway where guests constently were rolling their suitcases so you may want to ask for a room away from the walkway. Our room was large and very clean, had a sitting area with a pull out sofabed and tv and a seperate sleeping area with 2 double beds. Also the room had a small refridgerator. One problem was the room had no airconditioning so we had to leave the windows open at night or swelter. We saw a family of deer right outside our room and some adorable chipmunks as well.
We went to Crystal cave the next morning and enjoyed the the nice half hour walk to the cave and the tour. The path to the cave is along a stream with a pretty waterfall.
Next we went to Moro Rock and climbed the 400 steps to the top and were rewarded with a spectacular view of the Great Western Divide.
We walked through a Sequoia grove on the brand new paved path to the General Sherman tree...wow! It is believed to be the largest living thing on Earth.
On day 2 we had a great time hiking the Tokopah Falls trail. It starts near the Lodgepole campground and follows the Marble fork of the Kaweah River. It is a very easy 1.7 mile hike each way to the falls. You will see a beautiful river full of gigantic boulders, stroll through peaceful, shady forests and meadows and towards the end the trail becomes rocky. Along the way their are great views of huge granite formations. Keep your eyes open for marmots along the way, you'll see them on the rocks if you are lucky.
There are many more trails to explore than we had time for this trip but I would definatly love to go back to this beautiful park.
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