Sequoia National Park, California

This landscape testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world's largest trees. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation 1,370 to 14,494 feet .

Sequoia National Park Info


Sequoia National Park

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Lift 2018 Fire Restrictions

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 3, 2018 – Effective October 5, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are lifting fire restrictions inside the parks. Changes in weather patterns, cooler days, and longer nights have reduced the risk of unwanted human-caused fires. Even with restrictions lifted, visitors must still follow the parks’ year-round regulations concerning fire.

Missing Hiker in Dusy Basin Found Alive

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. September 30, 2018 – The missing hiker, Diane Salmon, 63, from Lafayette, California, who was reported missing has been found. She was seen by other hikers on her way to the South Lake Trailhead in Inyo National Forest. Ms. Salmon walked out with them and is currently being reunited with her family.

Missing Hiker in Dusy Basin, Kings Canyon National Park

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. September 30, 2018 – Diane Salmon, 63, from Lafayette, California, was reported missing to the National Park Service late in the day on Friday, September 28, 2018. She was last seen on the Bishop Pass Trail on Friday morning on the Northside of the first lake in Dusy Basin below Knapsack Pass. She was hiking along trails along with two members of her family and was intending to cross Bishop Pass to exit at South Lake in Inyo National Forest Friday night.

Parks Announce Fall Prescribed Burn Plans

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 26, 2018 – With the changing of the seasons, the parks are announcing two priority prescribed burns to be completed before the end of the year, as cooler weather and moisture arrives to the area this time of year. One project is planned for each park, the 466-acre Cedar Central Prescribed Burn located in Cedar Grove of Kings Canyon National Park and the 488-acre Sherman Prescribed Burn located in Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park.

Sequoia National Park Photos

Mt. Agassiz and Bishop Pass

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Mt. Agassiz and Bishop Pass

The smooth part of the south side of Bishop Pass. Open views and good cruising with my full pack. The day just got even better.

Dusy Basin west end

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Dusy Basin west end

3 frame panorama of the marshy segment of the Basin, just before the trail drops into Le Conte Canyon.

Approaching the final switchbacks on Bishop Pass

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Approaching the final switchbacks on Bishop Pass

North side of the pass on my way up. There was a trail crew working on the steep segment. Had to holler for them to stop and not drop rocks on me. Few people going over this pass that time of day.

Haze near Crowley Lake

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Haze near Crowley Lake

Owens Valley filled with smoke, seen on my way to Bishop Pass.

Parking the Subaru at Parchers

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Parking the Subaru at Parchers

The trailhead was packed, so an extra 1.2 miles of hiking. This is a good spot to park, though. People all day long, shade most of the day, and the bus shuttle from Bishop comes up here.

Dusy Basin Marsh

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Dusy Basin Marsh

Stark contrast to all the barren granite you hike through to get down here.

Granite glow

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Granite glow

A small beacon of light made that glacier-polished granete shine to my north.

Another expansive view of Le Conte Canyon

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Another expansive view of Le Conte Canyon

The clouds were just too good that night.

More of those haze sunbursts

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More of those haze sunbursts

It was quite the show. I had to delay dinner until the sun was behind the Black Divide

Upper Dusy Basin

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Upper Dusy Basin

9 frame panorama of the view north of Bishop Pass before dropping down below 10,000 feet

Bishop Pass is located under the big cloud. Mount Agassiz on the right of the big clouds, then Isoceles Peak, the dark triangle. In between a glimpse of the Palisades Crest. To the right of Isoceles Peak is Columbine Peak, then Knapsack Pass. The dark peaks on the right are south of Dusy Basin.

Red Slate Mountain

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Red Slate Mountain

I am not totally sure, but it had a lot of red stuff up there. seen from Crowley Lake

Starting the descent into Le Conte Canyon

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Starting the descent into Le Conte Canyon

Panorama near the top of the trail that drops steeply into the canyon to meet up with the JMT.

Le Conte Light Show

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Le Conte Light Show

No, I didn't paint those rays into the image.

Long Lake

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Long Lake

A few years ago we camped here after a resupply at Parchers. This year I got fresh water at the same spot we used back in 2014.

Steps before Bishop Pass

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Steps before Bishop Pass

Thin air, full pack, but well fed and going strong in my new boots.

Gloomy Giants over Bishop Pass

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Gloomy Giants over Bishop Pass

Big clouds create an interesting mood on top of Bishop Pass. No storm that day, but it felt like any moment things could tip the other way.

South Lake Spillway

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South Lake Spillway

Overflowing. Last time we were here the lake was totally empty for some sort of repair. This is a 4 frame panorama stitch, as this is very close to the road. Needed to go super wide for this view.

South Lake

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South Lake

Getting started after a big all you can eat breakfast at Parchers.

Beacon in the dark

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Beacon in the dark

I wonder if Indiana Jones would have followed that light to check for treasure.

Gaining altitude on Bishop Pass

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Gaining altitude on Bishop Pass

This is pretty high up in the valley, maybe a mile from the pass.