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Seems like I read recently that Yosemite required reservations now, even for a day visit. Might want to make sure first.

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Posted: 08/28/21 07:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want giant sequoias, check out Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Camping, trails and trees.

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Posted: 08/29/21 07:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are planning a day trip to see the tree, check the weather. The day we went the fog was so thick a ranger at the parking lot told us that we would barely be able to see the base of the tree, let alone the entire thing.

There are plenty of tall trees at the parking lot:

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A 1950 family photo of the Wawona Tree in Mariposa Grove:

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Jon, it's true that you can see a big tree from the parking lot -- and for folks who can't walk well, that's a good alternative.

But speaking as someone who has spent a lot of time wandering around the Sequoias, there is nothing like a hike to a "non-parking-lot" grove, away from the crowds, and just hanging out and listening to the silence, surrounded by 2000 year old trees, among the largest living things on the planet.


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I guess we'll have to keep an eye on the weather as we near the giant tree. I do what to see the whole tree and stand in the vicinity of many similar trees etc. Due to the fires we have decided to take this trip in Sept. of 22. So we have plenty of time to plan. Thanks for the help with that.


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profdant139 wrote:

Jon, it's true that you can see a big tree from the parking lot -- and for folks who can't walk well, that's a good alternative.

But speaking as someone who has spent a lot of time wandering around the Sequoias, there is nothing like a hike to a "non-parking-lot" grove, away from the crowds, and just hanging out and listening to the silence, surrounded by 2000 year old trees, among the largest living things on the planet.

I completely agree. I just wanted to point out that the "mist" that contributes to the size & life of these trees can sometimes make it impossible to see them. If you want the full effect of the size of them, you need a clear day.

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I was disappointed that you can't get within 20 ft of the tree.


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They fence off that particular tree because it is so popular -- the roots would be destroyed.

But if you take the Congress Trail (which starts at the Sherman Tree), you soon come to hundreds of HUGE trees that are not fenced off. Here are some photos that may be of interest:


For example see this blog post

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