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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"S" is for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

I haven't seen the giant sequoias in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks since the time we visited the Muir Woods. Last year, when we traveled to Glacier National Park, I was reminded of the sequoias while walking on the Trail of the Cedars there.  The giant red and black cedar trees in Glacier are old but not nearly so old as the giant sequoias. We are fortunate that the foresight of others saved the cedars as well as the giant sequoias from destruction.

When Congress established Sequoia and General Grant National Parks in 1890, they became the second and fourth in the National Parks System. Today, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are adjacent to each other in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains which rise as high as 14,494 feet within the parks. Besides the world's largest trees, the diverse terrain of the parks includes mountains, canyons, and vast caverns.

To learn more about the wonderful history of these parks, read the book, Challenge of the Big Trees on the park website.

                                                                 

"Giant Cedar" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Trail of the Cedars" ©Mary Montague Sikes
cluster of sequoias

"Giant Sequoias" National Parks Photo

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We drove through there when I was a kid. You can't appreciate the size until you actually stand next to one.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

They are gigantic. You had a good childhood, Alex, getting to visit so many of these wonderful National Parks!

Julie Flanders said...

I've seen the sequoias at Muir Woods and loved it there so much.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Julie,thanks for visiting. I'm glad you've been there.