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Fascinating landscape in the southern Sierra Nevada with big trees, huge mountains and deep canyons. The giant sequoia trees are really famous for the park and the General Sherman tree is the largest tree on Earth.
There are some nice attractions to see, such as the Sherman Tree, the Tunnel Log or Morro Rock. For this you have to schedule about 4 hours. To go on one of the beautiful hiking trails through the woods, you have to plan more time.
You can find parking lots on every attraction Follow the link to a Roadmap of the Park: (click here)
The park entrance fee is $30 per car. But if you plan to visit also other national parks in the USA, i really recommend a Interagency Annual Pass for $80 per car. This pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation areas. (click here)
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Today's goal was to reach after the Sequoia National Park a campground in the near of Yosemite Park.
So we woke up at about 9AM and drove on after a short breakfast.
Our way went from the Campground near Lake Isabella through the Sequoia National Forest, where you can also see some higher "Sequoias", through the dry landscape of the California Hot Springs and to the entrance of the National Park after the Lake Kaweah.

3,5 hours later we reached the entrance and passed it with our Annual Pass.
The first smaller attraction was the Tunnel Rock.

Generals Hwy, Sequoia National Park, CA 93271

This passageway was the only route through until the new highway was built in 1997. Nice for a short rest to stroll underneath it.

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20 min later we came to the Hospital Rock, another small attraction.

Generals Hwy, Sequoia National Park, CA 93262

Ancient pictographs (rock paintings) from Native Americans on the rock. There is also a picnic area and a hiking trail next to it.

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After this stop we drove about half an hour on the highway to get to the middle of the park.
From there you have a lot of choices to explore the park.
The first thing we saw at arriving was the Giant Forest Museum.

Generals Hwy, Sequoia National Park, CA 93271

This museum is very small but it is nice and provides some good informations. Here is a good starting point for the nearest hiking trails or simply look at the big Sentinal Tree next to the Museum.

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Well informed we left the museum and started the hike on the Bear Hill Trail.

Generals Hwy, Sequoia National Park, CA 93262

A great place to take a walk and check out some of the best examples of giant sequoia trees. The walk is easy and if you have luck you can see a bear. For the whole trail you need about 1 hour.

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It was a very nice hike and we were lucky enough to watch a bear from afar. Then we went to the nearby Beetle Rock.

Crescent Meadow Rd, Sequoia National Park, CA 93262

Easy to get to. Nice views on a clear day. Not worth a visit alone, but if you're already going to the museum or bear hill trail then it is worth it.

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Now it was time to go back to the car and drive on.
Our next attraction was the Moro Rock which is about 10 min away.

1 Way Road, Sequoia National Park, CA 93262

One of my favourite attractions in the park with an incredible view. A short little hike up the stairs with railings to the top. Definitely recommend to anyone if you are in Sequoia.

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Also not far away we visited the Tunnel Log.

Crescent Meadow Rd, Sequoia National Park, CA 93262

Yo can drive through the fallen giant sequoia, and climb to the top. It is one of the most beautiful photo motives in the park.

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Our last stop of our exploration tour in the park was the tree with largest mass. We drove about 15 min to reach the parking area.

Generals Hwy, Sequoia National Park, CA 93262

This is the tree with the largest mass in the world. A must visit and most popular spot in the park. Regular parking is above this spot so you will have to hike down from the parking lot.

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Now we were on the road again.

2 hours later we reached the city Fresno at about 7PM.
Because we held out now all day long without a bigger meal, we decided to look for something to eat here.

Fresno, CA 93721

Good for a short stopover because the city is in between Sequoia and Yosemite National Park. So it is perfect to eat something there or to buy provisions.

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765 S Clovis Ave, Fresno, CA 93727

The crew is friendly and have an very fast service too. Quality of the food is ok and price range is cheap.

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5638 E Kings Canyon Rd, Fresno, CA 93727

You can find a great selection of quality products.

After the meal and buying some provisions, we drove in the direction of our previously sought-out campsite.

1 and a half hours later we reached the campsite.
This was in the middle of the Forest and so very hard to find, one time we drove in the wrong direction.

Sky Ranch Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644

The area near the campground is really beautiful with a lot of sequoias. Several trails can be accessed from here. The road is dirty and narrow. The campground is free of charge.

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Now it was nearly 12:30 PM and so we decided to go to bed.

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