2018 Summer-Fall Adventures travel blog

General Grant Tree, 2nd largest (by volume) living tree in the world.

Lots of "cairns" at a pull-out on highway.

Tiny sequoia pine cone vs Sugar Pine pine cone!

Hollowed log used by soldiers for quarters and shelter for horses.

Approaching General Grant Tree

Kings River -- cool clear blue water!

Stellar Jay bird.

Cedar Grove Lodge - our lodging for 3 nights.

View in the meadow.

I don't know the name of this feature!

Paula in the Ferns

Paula on the hike to Mist Falls

Mist Falls

Another Flower for Paula

Roaring River

Bill hiking toward Mist Falls

Roaring River Falls

Grizzly Falls

Road to Kings Canyon

Paula and Yucca Plant in full bloom

River Scene

Another View Along the Highway


We came over to Kings Canyon on June 6th, a couple of days ago. Not as well known as Sequoia, it has only about 600,000 visitors per year. Sequoia has about 1.2 million per year. It is definitely less crowded than Sequoia. We are able to hike without dodging people along the trail.

Sequoia was America's second national park established in 1890. Only a week later, Kings Canyon was absorbed into General Grant National Park by the US Congress. This was done in order to protect the majestic trees that were being destroyed by logging. By the way, these huge trees were basically worthless as lumber. The wood was light and soft. The only commercial for the wood from these beautiful redwoods was toothpicks! Yep, toothpicks! Kings Canyon officially received national park designation in 1940.

In addition to having large groves of Sequoia trees, Kings Canyon has canyons and valleys, steep cliffs formed by glaciers, clear water rivers and roaring waterfalls. For the record, Kings Canyon is over a half mile deeper than the Grand Canyon with a depth of 8300 feet. Driving the mountain road takes some nerve when you see the void over the side of the road.

We saw more waterfalls, and deer. And, the scenery is enough for a lifetime of memories. John Muir, the great American naturalist and early proponent for protection of this area) spoke of the park in somewhat spiritual terms. After spending time here, I feel more than a casual attraction to this place. If you listen you can almost hear the trees and sheer cliffs telling stories of people who passed through this great gorge.

We hiked 9.2 miles one day to Mist Falls. We saw Grizzly Falls and Roaring River Falls.

We saw the "General Grant" Tree. "General Grant is the 2nd largest (by volume) living thing on this planet. Not as tall or as old as the General Sherman tree, it has a diameter of a whopping 40 feet.

We have seen squirrels and deer, expansive vistas that overwhelm the senses, trees that kiss the sky, roaring rivers and mountain streams. I think that Kings Canyon will be near the top of my list of places we have visited.




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