Winter in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks ~ Part 1

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkAt the end of 2015, Warren and I visited Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park over a weekend. We always enjoy getting away from the city for a little bit to refresh ourselves. We enjoyed the views while driving through the winding roads, spotted wild animals, and hiked as many trails as we could over the snowy weekend. Although the trails were lined with snow and the temperatures ranged from low-20s to mid-30s, there was very little wind chill, making the hikes very comfortable and pleasant.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkWe eased our way into the hikes by stopping by the Lodgepole/Wolverton area, where the grounds were blanketed with snow. It was early in the day so we had the entire grounds to ourselves for crowd-free picture-taking!

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkThen we headed to Giant Forest where we hiked the Congress Trail.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkI so enjoyed the snowy paths along the trails.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkAs the day progressed, the sun lit the trees, revealing all the beautiful colors.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkThese magnificent trees are so resilient. That dark area is a “scar” caused by a forest fire. And that itty bitty speck at the bottom is my husband :)

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkWe saw The President, which as of 2012, is the 2nd biggest tree in the world and is over 3,200 years in age!

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkThen we trekked on…

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkAnd arrived at General Sherman, the world’s largest tree, by volume.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkOn our way out of Giant Forest, we stopped by the Giant Forest Museum area to hike Big Trees Trail and visit Beetle Rock.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkBig Trees Trail is a loop that circles Round Meadow with many post descriptions along the way to learn more about the trees.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkFor example, I learned that the reason why there aren’t any trees growing in the foreground of the images above is because the ground in the meadow is too wet and does not provide optimal growing conditions.

This is a fallen tree, with it’s root system exposed.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkMy favorite spot of the entire trip was the view at Beetle Rock.  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkSequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkAs we were leaving and calling it a day, so was the sky overlooking Beetle Rock.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkMake sure to come back later this week for my recap of the second day of our trip!

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
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