A Land of Giants
This dramatic landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity—huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees. The parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. Weather varies a lot by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370′ to 14,494′.
Things To See
- General Sherman Tree
- Tunnel Log
- Moro Rock Trail
- The five different visitor service areas are Grant Grove, Giant Forest, Foothills, Cedar Grove, and Mineral King. Cedar Grove and Mineral King are open from late spring to early fall, while the others are open year-round.
GENERAL SHERMAN AND THE GIANT FOREST
The Giant Forest is exactly like it sounds. When you walk amongst these huge trees you’ll feel really small. On this trail, you will find the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world by volume weighing 1,385 tons!
Also, check out the President Tree (the 3rd largest tree) and the 2-mile Congress Trail that takes you on a nice stroll away from the crowds.
GENERAL GRANT TREE
The General Grant Tree is the second-largest tree in the world, and it makes its home in Grant Grove. It is also the nation’s official Christmas tree! There is an easily accessible trail that takes you to see the settler’s cabin and the Fallen Giant as well.
CLIMB THE STEPS OF MORO ROCK
Rising above the Giant Forest, you can climb 400 stone steps to the summit of the granite dome to get some of the best views of the park. Be sure to keep your eye out as you’re driving through the park to get views of it from a distance as well.
DRIVE OR WALK THROUGH THE TUNNEL LOG
This fallen sequoia is the only tree you can drive through in this national park (as long as your vehicle isn’t over 8 feet tall)! Also, make a quick pit stop at Auto Log. You can’t drive over it anymore, but you can hop out to take a photo.
BUCK ROCK LOOKOUT
This fire lookout gives you amazing views of the area. Climb the 172 metal steps and chat with the folks up top.