Monday, 22 September 2014

The General Grant Grove - Kings Canyon National Park, CA

 We drove in from Fresno in the morning and parked at the visitor center. After a quick tour inside the visitor center, armed with a map we walked to the General Grant Grove. It about a 1.2 mile hike each way, easy but with lots of ups and downs around tree routes. Also we were there in the middle of the day so suggest you have plenty of water handy as together with the sun it can be tiring.

A section of the Kings Canyon National Park, with groves of giant sequoias including some of the oldest trees in the world. The Giant Forest is home to half of the Earth’s largest and longest-living trees with more than 5,000 colossal sequoia trees many over 300 years - it really is a most awesome sight.

It a beautiful walk through the woods and you will pass many big fallen trees and branches. And there's one giant tree trunk you can walk through - actually many people can walk through it at the same time!

The undisputed King of the Giant Forest, the General Sherman tree is  the largest living tree in the world. A giant sequoia this tree is about 2,100 years old and over 275 feet tall.

If you have ever read or heard of the faraway tree or enchanted forest stories ( courtesy British children's author Enid Blyton), then you're going to think you've found the enchanted forest :)


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