Sequoia National Park is home to the worlds largest trees, huge mountains and breathtaking views of blue skies. I absolutely loved my first visit there, and although I only went for a day I soaked in as much of my visit as I could. After driving almost 4 hours from LA to Three Rivers, CA I arrived mid afternoon to my Airbnb. I wanted to rest there for the night to be ready bright and early for my visit to Sequoia. After a much needed sleep I was ready and near the Ash Mountain Entrance around 10 a.m. , paid my $30 vehicle pass and with Kygo playing through the speakers began my scenic drive. (btw what’s on your road trip playlist?) In my opinion I crushed my one day in Sequoia so in this post are my personal tips on what food, hygiene and clothing to pack as well as what stops you can’t miss!
- The park itself is huge and there are no gas stations inside of it, so definitely have the tank on full before entering.
- Don’t linger under dead, cracked, or broken branches.
- Watch/listen for falling trees! Run if you hear cracks or snapping from tree roots, trunks, or branches (know that sometimes there is no sound, and very little time to react).
- Dangerous Rivers! Most park deaths result from drowning in rivers. Many drowning victims were playing near rivers and unexpectedly fell in. Rivers present a far greater danger than lakes or pools. Surfaces may look calm, but strong currents often run below. Be cautious walking near rivers as rocks can be smooth and slippery or shift unexpectedly. Getting out of a cold, swift river is often impossible.
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- Water: Have one gallon of water handy per person. It’s very important to stay hydrated while out in nature and specially since you’ll be traveling through different elevation points.
- Trail Mix: Pick up some yummy trail mixes to keep you full of energy through out the day.
- Protein bars are a great way to keep full while on your drive. But also any other food you can pack. You can never go wrong with extra food!
- Hand sanitizer
- Mosquito repellant
- Waste bag
Dress according to the weather of course. But overall leggings are comfortable (comfort is key) to move in and perfect in all weathers which you can pair with a nice plaid patterned top and a jacket or sweater. And a daypack/backpack is handy for carrying all of your essentials (sunglasses, phone, hand sanitizer, etc). Below are some cute outfit ideas I found with links to the respective owners of the pictures.
Stops you can’t miss!
Moro Rock is the perfect way to view a sunset since it is 6,725 ft above sea level and gives you panoramic views of the park. Walking up the stairs does get a bit exhausting because of the elevation so be sure to have your water handy!
The Giant Forest Museum
Stop by the Giant Forest Museum to lean all about the giant trees! Open Daily (year-round): Summer hours 9am-6pm and Winter hours begin 9/5: 9am-4:30pm
Must walk out to the Giant Forest!
I’m not going to lie its a bit scary yet amusing to see the huge trees all around you. At the same time super inspiring to see the beauty in nature just “being”.
This car tunnel was carved in 1938 out of the trunk of a sequoia that fell over the road in 1937. It’s super cool to go under!
I once read a quote that said “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better” and that reigns so true for me. It’s like every time I go into nature, it teaches me something new. During this trip it taught me to just be! So simple yet the lesson is so deep for me, I believe we are all magnificent beings in human form yet somehow we let society tell us different. It tell us to conform and to become something “unnatural”, just be….your true nature is already within you! I hope this message resonates with at least one person and that this post inspires you to visit if not Sequoia at least a park near you. Sending you lots of love!