Sunday – June 5, 2016
Sequoia National Park
We enter Sequoia National Park at the Big Stump Entrance on California Route 180. This is one of the entrance routes recommended for big rig RV’s and vehicles towing trailers. The route to the Lodgepole Campground is on a winding, paved, two-lane road that rises to an elevation of 6700 feet. This is a very scenic route, offering up magnificent views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
We arrived at the Lodgepole Campground, without reservations, and were fortunate to find a campsite for two nights. We prefer not to make reservations, whenever possible, and were glad we did not make reservations for this campground. The campsites are too close to one another for our preference. This campsite will do while we find another campsite, preferably in a National Forest campground close to Sequoia National Park.
Sequoia National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, east of Visalia, California. It was established on September 25, 1890. The park spans 404,064 acres and encompasses a vertical relief of nearly 13,000 feet. The park contains, among its natural resources, the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States: Mount Whitney, at 14,494 feet above sea level. The park is south of and contiguous with Kings Canyon National Park.
Sequoia National Park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, one of the largest trees on Earth. The General Sherman tree grows in the Giant Forest, which contains five out of the ten largest trees in the world.
The Giant Forest is connected by the Generals Highway to Kings Canyon National Park's General Grant Grove: home to the General Grant tree among other giant sequoias. The park's giant sequoia forests are part of 202,430 acres of old-growth forests shared by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.
Departed: Cayucos, California
Departure Time: 8:40 A.M.
Arrived: Sequoia National Park
Arrival Time: 3:00 P.M.
Type: National Park
Latitude: N 36.60580
Longitude: W 118.72473
Elevation: 6700 Feet
Camping Fee: $22.00 (50% discount with Golden Age Pass)
Campsite Hookups: None
Campground Amenities: Water Spigots, Flush Toilets, Picnic Tables, Grills
Total Campsites: 203
Cellular Service: Verizon – No Service
Internet Service: Verizon Jetpack – No Service
Dish TV Satellite Service: Did not setup – Campground too congested
Total miles traveled today: 231
North on California Route 1
East on California Route 46
North on California Route 41
East on California Route 180
General Sherman Road to Lodgepole Campground