Seeing the giant trees and walking among them was a highlight of my trip to California in early June 2021. Unfortunately We only had time for short hikes because we wanted to drive back down the mountain before night fell. If we had more time I would have loved to hike, not drive up and down the mountain. The giant trees are at a very high elevation. The hairpin turns were terrifying.
It took me a long time to post about this day. I just had no words for the feeling of walking among living things that are hundreds or thousands of years old.
Other notes about visiting here:
1.Use the park website for directions, not other navigation apps. Some of the roads on the map are not for regular cars.
2. Allow time to go to farmer’s markets in the valley! Fruits and veggies that I usually can only get after they have travelled a long distance were right there and super fresh!
3. Take breaks at the pullouts on the drive up and down the mountain. So many wonderful views.
4. Talk with the rangers when you first get there. They know all the latest about conditions. They seemed happy to answer questions, even from a clueless flatlander like myself!