Kathy and I visited Sequoia National Park in 2007. We visited again this Fall (9-16), and added a visit to the adjacent Kings Canyon National Park.
We first drove the long, narrow and windy road to Mineral King, which neither of us had visited before.
The river and gorge below the bridge, early in the drive
Camping in Mineral King
We hiked about a mile up the valley from road’s end.
I believe this to be a ridge of Empire Mountain, above the valley to the east
Since it’s very difficult to convey the size of a sequoia in a photo, I’ve included the van, to provide scale
We returned to the paved road (The Generals Highway) and then drove uphill towards the main portion of Sequoia. The photo below is a 60X zoom, shot from a point on the road 3.5 air miles away from the subject, Castle Rock Spire.
Castle Rock Spire
Fabulous granite, and then sequoias – what a place! The following five photos are from 2007.
General Sherman Tree
General Sherman Tree
The following photos are from Sept. 2016.
Dogwood, in a shaded forest floor
Young sequoia grows beside a mature sequoia
General Grant Tree
Row of sequoias at the margin of the parking lot
Next, we drove north into the adjoining Kings Canyon National Park.
Descending to the South Fork of the Kings River, and Spanish Mountain
Gorge on the South Fork
Rock face in the gorge
The South Fork of the Kings River
We camped amongst large incense cedars, and then took a hike upstream on the South Fork of the Kings River.
South Fork, at the bridge where Bubbs Creek enters
At the bridge, looking downstream
Reflections on a stream-side boulder
Willows line the banks of the South Fork
Tree trunk and cliffs
Granite peak, on the south side of the valley
Glacial polish on a granite wall, north side of the valley
Kathy loves the big trees of the Sierras. This is a ponderosa pine, which doesn’t grow near this big in the Rockies.
We drove back uphill to the General’s Highway and then descended towards Fresno. We were now on our way east – to Arizona and our 9-17-16 launch on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Here’s the link to the first (of three) posts on that trip:
p.s. My earliest visits to these National Parks took place in the 60s, on skis. Here is the link to those outings: