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Sep 11

Why Visit Giant Sequoia National Monument, California, United States?

Managed by the US Forest Service, Giant Sequoia National Monument was commissioned in the year 2000 by President Bill Clinton. However, conservation efforts to protect the area started way back in the 1800s. The monument extends to 328,315 acres. It is home to the renowned giant sequoia trees which are the world’s largest trees. Germinating from a tiny seed, a full grown sequoia tree can rise to 250 feet high. One of the world’s largest sequoia trees, the Boole Tree, found at the monument, has surpassed this size. The tree stands at 269 feet high with a width of 112 feet. Nearly half of the giant sequoias still in existence are found at the monument.

Why visit the Monument?

this is a picture of the forest of the sequioa national monument

You can enjoy a wide range of touristic activities at the monument. It is indeed a haven for hikers and nature lovers. You will get an opportunity to reconnect with nature as you behold sights that you never thought existed. Be well prepared when you visit. Bring water, food, and bug spray. There’s a ton of bugs all around and you’ll want to do your best to keep them from wanting a piece of you. My wife and I like to joke that when we walk through some of these forests, we become a walking pest control company. 

The monument is also home to California spotted owl, Pacific fisher, and other animals and trees. The monument is divided into two sections; the northern and southern sections. Both sections are open for exploration and you have the freedom to tour either. Some tourist activities include;

 

Nature Walks among the Giant Sequoias

The giant sequoias are a must see! The trees are magnificent and stunning. It is hard to believe that such big trees exist. You get the feel of a tiny ant walking among giants. Visitors can drive among the trees or simply take some nature walks. The monument is clean and well maintained giving you an opportunity to walk freely and take some great pictures.

 

Upon seeing the trees and the great landscape, you will definitely be overwhelmed with awe! Some of the easy to reach Sequoia tree groves include the Indian Basin Grove, Long Meadow Grove and Converse Basin Grove among others. You can also access the mighty Boole tree.

Hiking

Your visit cannot be complete without experiencing the trail of a thousand giants. The trail is located above the Quaking Aspen campsite on the Western Divide Highway. The trail is open throughout the summer months. On weekend and holidays, the monument’s association offers guided walks on the trail.

this is a picture of a trekking area in sequoia

Camping

Have you always desired to spend the night among the great forests? Giant Sequoia National Monument is the place for you. With over 50 campgrounds, there is something for everyone. Most of the campgrounds are open all year round while others open at specific times of the year. Some campsites accept advance reservations while others serve guests on a first come first served basis. If you prefer to sleep indoors, you can choose from the available overnight rental cabins.

Picnicking

For a relaxing excursion, you can have a day picnic among the giant sequoias. There are numerous picnic sites scattered across the monument. Most of the picnic areas are complete with picnic tables and amenities such as toilets and fire grates.

Horse Back Riding

Visitors can ride horses along the trails. All you need is to seek the necessary trail information and maps from the forest officers.

Apparently, there are countless reasons as to why you should visit the acclaimed Giant Sequoia National Monument. You can barely exhaust the numerous attractions the destination has to offer.

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