Kings Canyon National Park—General Grant

We just returned from a whirlwind trip through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  We left early Thursday morning and arrived at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center after 10 a.m. 

Having been to several national parks with the kids now, we have established a “routine”.  We pick up the junior ranger booklets first thing, and then watch the visitor center’s movie.  This gives us a good overview of what to expect.  I also make sure to stamp my National Park passport.

We also take a picture with the entrance sign.  Unfortunately, we were unable to take one with the Sequoia sign.

Our first hike was the General Grant Tree Trail.

One of the first of many “big tree” sightings.

Fallen Monarch

I think walking through the trunk gave the kids some perspective as to how large these trees are.

The log had a “window”.

Gamlin Cabin—VERY dusty!

And the star of the show…the General Grant Tree, aka America’s Christmas Tree

You have to stand far back in order to take a picture of the entire tree!


More sequoia tree families.

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