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Experience Sequoia National Park with Nearby California Campgrounds



California sequoiasSequoia National Park is best known for its giant sequoias, big mountains, rugged foothills, and deep canyons. Located in the southern region of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, it has four distinct seasons and five diverse regions. Established in 1890, the park runs parallel to Kings Canyon National Park, and the two are often referred to as one park. While Sequoia National Park is best known for its giant sequoias, there are many other beautiful and unique attractions including an intricate cave system, marvelous meadows, and gorgeous mountains.

To locate Woodall's approved California campgrounds near the Park, visit California campgrounds.

The park has varying elevations (1,500-15,000 feet) which leads to varying weather patterns and seasons. The foothills tend to be mild. Summers are hot and dry while winters are cool and wet. As you move up in elevation, the temperatures decrease, offering warm summers with a chance of thunderstorms and cold, snowy winters. Summer lasts July to mid-September with warm temperatures offering lots of excellent outdoor activities. Fall begins mid-September and lasts through November. This is a good time to visit since it is usually not too crowded and the weather is still pleasant, although rain and snow are common. Winter goes from November through April, and much of the higher elevation areas of the park are closed, making it a terrific time to visit the foothills. Winters often drop below freezing. The further up you go, the cooler the weather gets, and some parts of the park are inaccessible during the winter months due to snow. Chains are needed for some of the roads, and many roads close after snowstorms to allow for plowing, sometimes remaining closed for weeks. Spring tends to start around April ending in July. Snow is still present in the upper elevations, but it is a beautiful time to visit. Be aware that the rivers and streams present a very real danger and can be unpredictable. Most deaths in the park are related to spring river drowning.

There is a $20 entrance fee which is good for seven days, an annual pass costs $30, and the annual pass good for most national parks that cost $80. Permits are required for certain activities, including fishing and backpacking.

One amazing attraction within Sequoia National Park is Tunnel Log. Tunnel Log was 275 ft. high and 21 ft. across when it fell in 1937 due to natural causes. In 1938, a crew cut an 8 ft. tall 17 ft. wide tunnel right through the trunk of the felled tree. This tunnel opened up the road again, and makes for a spectacular sight nowadays.

The Giant Forest is another wonderful demonstration of nature. It has five of the ten tallest trees on Earth, including General Sherman tree which is actually the tallest tree on Earth. The pristine, ancient trees of both Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park demonstrate the beauty of the southern Sierra Nevada prior to Euro-American settlement of the land.

On top of the attractions, there is plenty of hiking, fishing, backpacking, winter snow skiing, horseback riding, and more. The big trees, the rugged foothills, and the expansive cave system make for an exciting and memorable time in nature. Keep in mind that once in the park, it is very isolated. While there are markets and even a gas station in the Park, be prepared to be self-sufficient.

For Woodall’s approved California campgrounds near Sequoia National Park, visit California campgrounds.

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