Below is a listing of images and standard gif images of our backpacking trip to King Canyon and Sequoia NP in Aug 2001.
Sequoia and King's Canyon are havens for the world's largest living things: The Great Sequoia. These enormous red-barked trees reach heights of nearly 300 feet. The largest, General Sherman, is over 100 feet around at its base -- definitely something everyone should see before they die. Sequoia is also home of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the United States outside Alaska.
We started out car camping at King Canyon NP Cedar Grove campground. From there we day hiked about 8.4 miles (RT) to Mist Falls. Several spots on the trail are spectacular with high granite cliff craved by ice age glacier. A highlight on this trail is the huge stone face of the Sphinx. This canyon at over 8,000 ft deep and is deeper than the Grand Canyon.
Included are pictures of the General Sherman tree, the largest living thing, the tunnel log, and several other giant sequoias we saw on the way to our trail head in Sequoia NP. Note that the lower branches on these giant sequoias are over six feet thick and these trees can reaches up to a length of over 300 ft tall.
The last group of pictures is the climb up the remarkable Moro Rock and the spectacular scenes from the top. The climb consists of switchbacks, ramps, and granite stairs and is almost straight up. The view is great at all times, and is spectacular at sunset.
From the top we can see Granite peaks of the Great Western Divide which is situated along the Eastern boundaries of the park. West of the Divide are the Canyons of the Kaweah River. To the East is the North Fork of the Kern River. Just Beyond the Divide is the Sierra Crest, which includes Mt. Whitney, at 14,495 feeet, the highest summit in the 48 contiguous states.
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