Standing among giants is a sight to behold. These ancient trees were alive before the first European settlers arrived and witnessed our country's exploration into the wild west. They've weathered every storm, survived every drought, and bare the scars of countless wildfires.
Sequoia National Park is home to the largest and the oldest known trees in the world. To the north lies Kings Canyon where numerous peaks tower above 14,000 feet then quickly descend into the valley floor nearly 10,000 feet below. Both parks were designated to protect the giant sequoia groves from logging and to preserve the forest's flora and fauna.
Much of the parks' roads and camp grounds are closed in the winter, but several sequoia groves are still accessible as well as Hume Lake. I definitely need to plan a trip to explore the rest of this place in the summer. For current conditions, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm