Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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Place Category: National ParksPlace Tags: Camping, Forest, Hiking + Backpacking, Scenic Drives, Snowshoeing, and Southern Sierra

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    This dramatic landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity–huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees. These two parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. Weather varies a lot by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370′ to 14,494′. Sequoias grow at 5,000 – 7,000′, above usual snowline.

    General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth.

    Managed with adjacent Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park is home to six groves of giant sequoia trees (including The General Grant Tree), with a spectacular valley famous for waterfalls and lush meadows. Access the park via vehicle is limited, but there are many hiking and backpacking options in the park.

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