Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks

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The view doesn't get much better than this! Kings Canyon National Park on the way to Hume Lake.
Early morning start so I could head to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Even though these share a common border they are considered 2 separate park, although they share the same administration. I've never heard of Kings Canyon before, but glad I was able to visit.

It's a long drive to get to these parks entrances. I first went to Kings Canyon, checked in at the welcome center, grabbed a quick lunch, well I wanted a quick lunch, it took forever for them to bring me my food and bill. Headed to Hume Lake, solely as my sister, niece and nephew's last name is Hume. What a long drive to get there.
They better appreciate these photos! Hume Lake is known for the Christian camps that are along the lake. The view is unbelievable and the lake is a great example of the National Park Service reusing previous commercial areas for recreation areas.

Wanted to take this road that would lead me to Sequoia National Park, after driving about an hour, came across a road block that said road closed. Since I was in a SUV I thought I might be able to get past any obstacle that might be blocking the road. I was wrong, after going around the road block (don't do this!) I was able to only go about a half mile before I encountered a 40 feet high snow drift that had slid down the mountain. (Note to self: observe all NPS road blocks from now on). I turned around and retraced my route back to the entrance of Kings Canyon.
Hume Lake in Kings Canyon National Park


Another long drive to the entrance of Sequoia. Amazing trees here, and I thought the Redwoods were big! The General Grant tree is the 3rd largest tree in the world, by volume. There was even one tree that had fallen down and has been used as a saloon, a calvary stable and homes for the various Indians who have lived in the area.

This park has its share of tourist attractions, such as the Auto Log tree that is a natural place to park your car. Although you are no longer allowed to drive your car on this tree, I can't help to think that some Hummer owner has tried it recently. There is the Tunnel Log tree, you can drive through this on the Crescent Meadow road. The General Grant tree was named in 1867 to honor Ulysses S. Grant. Measuring 267.4 feet tall and 107.6 feet around, it is the earth's third-largest tree.
Hollowed out Sequoia, was used as a horse stable for the calvary
The General Grant is called "The Nation's Christmas Tree," and special Yuletide celebrations are held under its snow-laden branches every year.

Moro Rock is a large granite dome in the park. I decided to climb to the top and check out the view. The climb up the 400 steps, which is a 300 foot increase in elevation, about killed me.  The view opens up as you ascend the steps, revealing the Great Western Divide and overlooking the Kaweah River Canyon. I kept thinking, who in their right mind would have climbed this in the first place? Without the stairs even! It is worth the climb, the views are breathtaking, literally, I couldn't breathe once I got to the top. You would think I'd be in shape at this point on my trip.

Met a couple from Alaska at the top. It was great to be almost eye level with the snow peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on one side and then look down into the canyon on the other.
Hume Lake
The canyon was very hazy from pollution seeping into it from the overcrowding of nearby towns.

I eventually made my way back down, much easier going down then up. I read that the staircase, first one was made of wood in 1917, was on the National Register of Historical Places because of its craftsmanship. Leaving Moro Rock I drove down the switchback road out of the park, these turns required you to go 10MPH and use 2nd and 3rd gear most of the time. If you get car sick easily, avoid this road!

I eventually ended up in Fresno for the night as I headed back to Victoria and Paul's house in Fremont.
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The view doesnt get much better t…
The view doesn't get much better …
Hume Lake in Kings Canyon National…
Hume Lake in Kings Canyon Nationa…
Hollowed out Sequoia, was used as …
Hollowed out Sequoia, was used as…
Hume Lake
Hume Lake
Transition in Time
Transition in Time
The Michigan Tree, the spring that…
The Michigan Tree, the spring tha…
One of many creeks and streams
One of many creeks and streams
National Christmas Tree, The Gener…
National Christmas Tree, The Gene…
Giant Sequoia
Giant Sequoia
More things taller than me
More things taller than me
Stitched together from 5 different…
Stitched together from 5 differen…
Tunnel Tree
Tunnel Tree
Hmm, should I go up the stairs?
Hmm, should I go up the stairs?
Time to take a break and enjoy the…
Time to take a break and enjoy th…
Half way there. Cmon you can make…
Half way there. C'mon you can mak…
I made it!
I made it!
The Great Western Divide from atop…
The Great Western Divide from ato…
An enhanced view of the divide.
An enhanced view of the divide.
I wonder if this little fellow cli…
I wonder if this little fellow cl…
Moro Rock, all 400 steps of it
Moro Rock, all 400 steps of it
Closer look at Moro Rock
Closer look at Moro Rock
Strange looking plant, maye be a t…
Strange looking plant, maye be a …
Sunset over Kaweah Lake
Sunset over Kaweah Lake
Sequoia National Park
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