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Sequoia National Park is located in the state of California and is home to Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Sequoia National Park is most well known for the immense sequoia trees that grow there, including General Sherman, which is one of the largest trees on the planet. General Sherman sits amid the Giant Forest with other giant sequoias; five of them are ranked among the ten largest trees on earth.
Sequoia National Park covers over 400,000 acres and nearly half of that includes old-growth forests. The park supports several ecosystems due to the variation in elevation from the foothills to the mountains. Most of the park is wilderness and is not accessible by roads. In fact, 84% of the park has to be explored on horseback or on foot.
The foothills are ideal for nature lovers as there is an abundance of wildlife living there such as mule deer, mountain lions, squirrels, bobcats, and rattlesnakes. The river valleys are lush, and many plant varieties flourish there. At higher elevations, the landscape becomes forested and is populated pine, fir, and sequoia trees.
In addition to glimpsing an amazing variety of mammals and birds, Sequoia National Park is also home to many caves, including Lilburn Cave, which is the longest cave in California. In all, there are 240 known caves in the park and more are being discovered each year. Some other notable points of interest in Sequoia National Park include the tunnel log, which is a tunnel carved from a fallen giant sequoia tree, and Tokopah Falls, a 1200 foot waterfall. Moro Rock is a giant dome in the heart of the park that visitors can climb to the summit. A stairway was cut into the rock in the 1930s and is now listed in the Register of Historic Places. The view from the top of Moro Rock is breathtaking, as it spans an amazing vista that encompasses most of the park below it.
Congress established Sequoia National Park in 1890 and it is the second oldest national park in America. The park is open 24 hours daily, every day of the year. There are four distinct seasons with summer being one of the busiest times. Around mid-September, the weather gets chilly and occasional snows start to fall. The trees take on beautiful colors and make for spectacular scenery. The snow falls steadily in the higher elevations from November through April and snow activities become popular. When blanketed under snow, the park offers solitude and beautiful winter scenery. Spring comes early in the foothills, and as it comes into full bloom, the wildflowers become abundant.
Camping is available at various locations throughout the park. For those who only want to drive through, there are scenic routes to follow with designated viewpoints that thrill visitors with valleys bursting with color in the spring and fall months, lush green mountain views in the summer, and peaceful snow covered vistas in the winter.