Pets must not be left unattended in the parking area or in vehicles. Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. A spectacular view of the Great Western Divide and the western half of the park. This trip to Sequoia National Park was amazing, but far too short. Naturally, I had to try out the local coffee scene which meant a trip to the outdoor patio of Component Coffee Lab where I enjoyed a drip brew, which was thoroughly satisfying (spy the mask around my neck that I’ve got everywhere with me, now when I’m not drinking coffee or beer ;)!). The trail then climbs a ridge and descends to Emerald and Aster lakes. The trail starts in the Wolverton Parking Lot. There is a handicapped parking lot at the bottom of the Giant Forest. Marvel at the General Sherman Tree. The trailhead is located near the Wolverton ski area parking lot in the Giant Forest & Lodgepole area of the park. It’s not a steep climb back up, but it’s important to remember that you’re now at 7,000+ feet of elevation which makes it harder to exert yourself because the air is thinner — so cut yourself some slack if you’re a wee bit out of breath upon walking back up. Lots of people visit this attraction during summer months especially on weekends. The hike starts at the quiet Crescent Meadow parking lot. Lots of people visit this attraction during summer months especially on weekends. This trail traverses land managed as wilderness where natural processes are allowed to unfold. The public is asked to bring folding chairs for seating and to carpool to the site. "This trail has easy access from the parking lot to be able to explore the world of the Giant Sequoia.There are several trees that are right along the trail for you to explore." Bring insect repellent. Just a warning for those with a fear of heights: there were sections where we were on rock scrambling along a sheer cliff face, but I was never afraid that it was loose enough rock or steep enough that we would lose our footing. We parked at the Wolverton parking lot and ascended via the Watchtower trail which was breathtaking (no pun intended) and featured grassy meadows, plenty of sequoias, and panoramic sweeping views of the park below. 24 year old living (the good) life in California Anyway, Conner and I celebrated our remaining youth by taking a trip to visit Sequoia National Park in California which was phenomenal. When you’re up extremely high in elevation, weather patterns can change quickly, and since I’m always cold it’s important for me to stress that it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to packing enough layers. There are shuttle buses during the summer time that go between both lots. The landscape up in the mountains was serene, and vastly different from the towering sequoias we were walking alongside the day before. Start this trail from the Wolverton parking lot. Permits are only necessary for overnight camping and are walk-up only. Never leave food or scented items unattended. Long Meadow Trail: Begins at the Mountain Home trailhead. By the usual definition (single trunk tree), this is the largest living specimen on earth. It ends on top of a It is located just off Wolverton Road, which is located between the Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas of Sequoia National Park. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Each site holds a maximum of six people and 10 stock, and a maximum of two vehicles per site. Converse Basin - Boole Tree | Sequoia National Forest. Make the next right toward the Sherman Tree Trail. The trail starts at Wolverton and ascends a lateral moraine to high alpine country in a mere four miles. And then you'll be redirected to Wolverton Picnic Area which adds an extra shuttle ride. It may be steep, slippery, wet, and rocky in some areas and will not accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, or bicycles. See below, for a collection of photos of me in the exact same spot as four hours prior, but with quite a different background. The well-used trail starts at the Wolverton parking lot and immediately begins climbing through somewhat dull woodland. An ADA trailhead is along the Generals Highway a little further south from the Lodgepole complex. This roughly 8 mile round trip trek features approximately 2,200 feet in elevation gain, climbing from roughly 7,800 feet up to about 10,000 feet. The Wolverton Road intersection is at MP 19.2. Handicap parking and the shuttle stop are available at the highway. While the ski lifts are long gone, the open slopes make for great The scenery gradually improves as a rushing creek comes into earshot and the the trail crosses a small meadow. The trail starts at the Wolverton parking lot and then winds through beautiful mossy trees that look like something created by Dr. Suess. In order to restore more of the sequoia habitat, the parking lot has been moved to the pine forest above the grove. The trail begins with a moderate incline leading out of Wolverton and through a heavily-wooded fir and pine forest. After snacks, we turned around at Heather Lake where there were some boys daring each other to swim in the lake’s glacier water. Adventurous hikers can climb beyond Pear Lake into the Tablelands—a vast expanse of pleasant granite country above treeline. For more information, contact the Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP Wilderness Office: Phone (559) 565-3766, Fax (559) 565-4239, E-mail [email protected]. "The General Grant Tree Trail is an easy .5 mile loop trail around the General Grant sequoia tree at the Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park." The camp includes two separate campsites, and two separate corrals. The tree is located in the Giant Forest grove, alongside hundreds of monarch sequoias which are much older (and wiser) than I am.