Meet the giants of Sequoia National Park

If you are doing a road trip around California, this stop at the Sequoia National Park will raise your interest. After a drastic change of scenery and a rise in altitude, you will be at around 7,000 feet above the sea level. This splendid region gathers both high summits and high trees. There are also great lakes, canyons, and rivers, but here, we will focus on the sequoias.

The Giant Sequoia is the highest conifer in the world. It can get up to 300 feet. If you decide to visit this park, you will be able to walk along with those giants. You will even be able to walk inside one of them! Indeed, one of the dead sequoias is laying silently on the ground. The park managers decided to dig the trunk so you can walk under it, just like you would walk in a tunnel.

a women looking at a forest of giant sequoias
Here you can represent yourself the height of the trees compared to a human. However, it must be way more impressive to see them with your eyes. Picture from Vitto Sommella.

Standing next to the giant sequoias feels like standing next to a Basketball player. When you see him on the television, you do not realize how tall he is. However, when you stand next to him, you finally realize the difference between him and you.

Discover the largest trees in the worlds

The record holder: General Sherman

the largest tree in the world

General Sherman is the sacred monster of this forest. People gather from all around the world to see it. It is the biggest vegetal organism in the world.

It is more than 2000 years old, which means that it was already there during middle age. The US were not even discovered by the Europeans that this tree was already waiting for them. This is mindblowing.

Picture from General Sherman, Wikipedia.

The opponent: General Grant

the tallest tree in the world

General Grant is General Sherman little’s brother. It is younger and smaller, however its diameter at the basis is bigger! Indeed, it is 40 feet in diameter, whereas General Sherman is 25 feet in diameter.

General Grant is around 1,650 years old, but we cannot be sure about it. We used to think General Grant was much older. However, recent estimates suggests it is not so old.

Walking between such trees makes you realize how little we are compared to nature. It definitely helps to step back and question ourselves about our rights over nature.

Picture from General Grant, Wikipedia.

Taking The President in picture?

In 2012, National Geographic thought about taking The President in the picture. However, they were not talking about Barrack Obama. “The President” is one of the largest trees in the world. It is 27 feet in diameter and 247 feet tall, which is not the highest of the park, but which is still massive. Indeed, the record holder in height is General Sherman, which we have seen before. The latter is 275 feet tall, which makes it the highest tree in the world. However, The President is 3200 years old, which is older than General Sherman, who is “only” 2200 years old.

National Geographic had the idea to take a full picture of the tree. Since it is surrounded by a lot of other sequoias, this is impossible to do it in one shot. In order to capture the 2 billion leaves of the tree, they had to use very creative technics, which you can see in the video down below.

Camping in the Sequoia National Park

There are a lot of campgrounds in the National Park. Since California has a lot of National Parks, the managers are used to camping. However, make sure to respect the local rules. They can change from a park to another. Please, check the rules before camping. Also, keep in mind that the weather does not allow camping throughout the year. As you saw in the video, it can snow during winter because you are in altitude. The rest of the year, the weather is okay for camping.

Travel responsibly in Sequoia National Park

I enjoy finishing my articles with eco-tourism advice. I did it for Bali, Yosemite, Madeira, Adirondacks, Antelope Canyon, Uluru, Death Valley, La Salar de Uyuni Tour, and the Cathedrals Beach. Indeed, such places must be preserved. Please travel responsibly and make sure you keep this place as beautiful as it currently is.

If you want to incorporate the Sequoia National Park inside a road trip, you should download my e-book: The Best U.S. Road Trip, which goes from Las Vegas to Yosemite Valley. It’s free.

See you somewhere in the world.

two giant sequoia trees from low angle
Walking between these sequoias makes you realize how little we are compared to nature. It definitely helps to step back and question ourselves about our rights over nature. Picture from James Lee.

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