Sequoia National Park used to be home for many First Nation people. When you visit the park, it’s almost like you are going back in time, and you will see how nature in the USA looked before the white man’s arrival. That said, keep in mind that the white man desired the wood from these giant trees, and thousands of them were felled before people realized that sequoia wood is not good for trade because of its structure. The whole area is under national protection, marked as a National Park since 1890, and it has been extending ever since.
The park is not only about large trees, but there is also almost 200 caves in the area. However, as a tourist, you can only enter Crystal cave, swim in many lakes, take a perfect picture of a waterfall or try fishing.
Hiking trails in Sequoia NP
Hiking Trails: You have a lot of options, whether you are searching for an easy-peasy walk, or you want to do some hardcore hiking. You can hit the road for just a few hours or enjoy nature for days. The most popular trails are the Congress Trail, Alta Peak Trail, or Hazelwood Nature Trail.
- Hazelwood Nature Trail: The best for beginners; it’s a mile-long loop, and it will only take an hour of your time. The entrance lies just a few meters from the Giant Forest Museum.
- Congress Trail: Two-mile long trail, starting right under gigantic General Sherman.
- Alta Peak Trail: If you have a few hours to spare, this will be the one for you. The incline is around 1300 meters. It is not a loop, but both ways measure 12 km.