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Ogle towering trees in Sequoia National Park.

August 29, 2012

Giant trees and mountain air are a fresh departure from the desert heat. All along the way on Sierra Drive, there are cute little places to stop. Once you’re in the park, which shares more than 200,000 acres of old-growth forest with adjacent Kings Canyon National Park, you can get a close-up view of the stunning sequoias by hiking easy through advanced trails. The effects of the season depend upon elevation, but the trees, dusted with snow from April to June, are typically in full force from late June to early September.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

This park’s namesake giant redwoods are some of California’s oldest and most graceful natural treasures. Sequoia and adjoining Kings Canyon National Park together comprise 865,952 acres. Two-thirds of the property is roadless roadless—so it makes sense to explore on horseback. You’ll find the five largest living giant sequoia trees in the world, along with 300 animal species.

Wuksachi Lodge

The stone-and-cedar lodge, set 7,200 feet above sea level, is Sequoia’s best rustic hideaway. Built in 1999, the 102 rooms are a bit cookie-cutter but sport vaguely Mission-style furnishings and cushy beds.

Anne Lang's Emporium

Grab a picnic lunch at the Victorian-housed emporium, specializing in fresh salads and sandwiches designed to be packed up and taken into the park.

Big Trees Trail

This easy one-mile loop in Sequoia National Park begins at the Giant Forest Museum and takes about one hour to walk. It’s also handicap-accessible.

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