We visited Sequoia National Park in 2009 and stayed within the park at Lodgepole Campground. We had a visitor throughout our stay in and around our site. A young bear cub that liked to hang out in the pine trees. One night the cub was in the path to the restrooms so took the main road and almost ran right into a deer – it was truly a wild night with the usual characters out and about.
From the campground you can take the trail to Tokopah Falls. The hike to the falls is slightly challenging and you will need hiking boots. You also want to pack a whistle because there are bears in and around the trail. We saw a coyote looking for breakfast and a rock chuck – we saw no bears. Other hikers were informing us of bear sightings throughout our hike.
Be prepared to drive in Sequoia there is no shuttle service like other parks and there is plenty of parking. We drove through the Tunnel Log by Crescent Meadow for fun and for bragging about driving through a log – did the tourist thing and took a picture too! Check out Crescent Meadow – lush, green and beautiful. The meadow offers easy hiking trails and Tharp Log – a house built out of a log. You will see flora and fauna as well as wildlife like deer.
I would say the highlight was hiking the stairs to the top of Moro Rock (about 400 steps up and then you will need to go back down). You truly have a 360 degree view at the top.
Looking back down at the steps while heading to the top of Moro Rock (Photo by RSheridan)
We went to see the General Sherman Tree (picture below). I finally found a spot to take a picture of the whole tree.
We hiked the Congress Trail and saw groups of trees in The President, The Senate, and The House groves. The trail is not crowded and a great way to commune with nature in this part of the park to see some big trees.
We visited Crystal Cave that is formed of marble – just beautiful and some areas just sparkle. There is a 15 minute walk to the cave entrance. Caution: The path to the cave entrance is steep and downhill and then steep and uphill on the way back up to the parking lot.