Sequoia Bound June 22, 2016 17:14
We are getting on the road again and this time it's to Sequoia National Park. This gorgeous spot in the Sierras, just over three hours from LA, is the perfect place for a long weekend get away. Whether you love to camp and hike or just want to enjoy the scenery, there are so many things to do in this park! Read on to hear more about our upcoming trip, where we will be staying, our favorite hikes, and things you must bring along for the adventure.
What to See
The Giant Forest
The Giant Forest is one of the best spots to get a feel for the amazing sites in this park. With 8,000 sequoia trees and the largest tree on earth (General Sherman), this forest is a great place to take a hike or have a wilderness picnic. And if you are feeling touristy, you can even stop by the Giant Forest Museum.
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The Tunnel Log
Ever think you'd drive through a tree? Well now is your chance! You can find this site right along the Crescent Meadow Road in the Giant Forest. This large sequoia fell all the way back in 1937 and was turned into a tunnel attraction for visitors. Just make sure your car is less than 8 feet high! And of course it is also a great spot to snap a picture.
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What to Do
Climb the Steps of Morro Rock
For one of the absolutely best views in the park you have to climb Moro Rock. While the hike is short at less than a mile, it is quite steep with about 400 big steps to the top. But once you finish the trek you'll realize that it's certainly worth the view of the Great Western Divide! Make sure to bring your camera and a great picture taking outfit.
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Hike the Trail of the Sequoias
This is hands down one of the best trails in the park! The Trail of the Sequoias is one giant loop and passes by some of the largest sequoias, four gorgeous meadows, and some historic old cabins. We recommend bringing a blanket to stop for lunch and relax in one of the meadows!
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Where to Stay
This cozy little cabin is the perfect spot to get off the campground for a night. With a fireplace to tell stories by and a kitchen to make some real food, you'll feel immersed in the forest without the hassle. Not to mention it's walking distance to the Giant Sequoia Grove and awesome horse back riding near the river.
With a view of Morro Rock and the milky way at night, this is just the spot to sit outside and soak in the wilderness. And you can get up early to watch the sunrise over the mountains before heading to the park!
If you feel like roughing it, this is our favorite campground in Sequoia National Park. It has amazing views and is located right by the Kaweah River as well as a beautiful meadow. Also, the Giant Forest Grove is only 2 miles away! For high season make sure to make your reservations up to 6 months in advance. And because there are lots of bears, you should definitely lock up all food.
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What to Wear
While you may spend most of your time in hiking clothes and your favorite flannels, it is always good to have a chic outfit packed for great photo ops! There are also a few fun restaurants on your way into the park. We love to keep it simple, especially in the summer heat, with a light flowy dress like the Olivia Open Shoulder Dress.
Instead of going with a classic sandal, we love this little blue dress with these neutral Austin booties by Steve Madden. They are chic and keep the dirt off your feet for more casual outings. (We wouldn't recommend walking the trails in these)
And you can add a neutral western fedora to complete the look and protect your face from the harsh afternoon sun! These hats are also great when you are out and about exploring.
Things to Bring
1. A map of the park (reception can be spotty and they are great to hang up for decoration once you get back)
2. A flashlight for night time exploring
3. Cleansing Face Wipes to keep your skin fresh during the day
4. A sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and tent if your camping
5. Sunscreen for protection while exploring outdoors
6. Comfortable hiking shoes
7. Easy packable food and lots of water to take on adventures
8. Warm layers for night time by the campfire and the chillier early mornings
9. Light hiking clothes to explore the Sequoia groves and meadows
10. A camera to snap shots of your favorite views
11. Sunglasses for sunny, hot days around the park
12. A blanket for lunch breaks and picnicking outside
We hope you get the chance to go out and adventure in Sequoia National Park! Be sure to share your travels with us by tagging #BaileyBlueonYou. Happy exploring!