Kings Canyon National Park preserves a rugged and pristine portion of wilderness in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Located just north of adjoining Sequoia National Park and to the southeast of Yosemite National Park, this park features deep, glacier-sculpted canyons, waterfalls, meadows, over 20 peaks that exceed 13,000 feet and some of the largest trees in the world!
Moro Rock may not immediately come to mind when you think of visitingSequoia National Park. There is no doubt that the most common reason for visiting this park is because of the trees, and they are impressive. But these trees only grow at an elevation between 5,000 and 7,000 feet, providing the opportunity for amazing views when you are able to get out of the tree cover.
Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park is one such place. It has amazing views, and provided you can navigate through the crowds it only takes a few minutes to get to from where you park your vehicle. Though it requires a bit stair climbing, you are sure to find this part of the park amazing and well worth your time.
If you have the ability to climb a few stairs in the high elevation, Moro Rock is a highly recommended stop in Sequoia National Park!
If you want to be immersed in this amazing landscape, then staying in one of the many Lassen National Park camping options is a perfect way to do so. Lodging in nearby towns, like Susanville, are certainly viable options, but there really are campgrounds in every part of the park, making it a much easier place to stay if you want to be able to drive into the park and stay here for days at a time.
Located near the end of the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway and Cedar Grove Village Road in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park is the Zumwalt Meadow Trail. This peaceful oasis in an otherwise rugged canyon is a must-do hike in the park.
Suitable for families with young children, this hike is a quick 2.4-mile jaunt. It has enough to keep everyone interested, including a stroll along the Kings River, a suspension bridge crossing, a walk through a boulder field and finally a view of Zumwalt Meadow that seems to come out of nowhere.
While most of the traffic and crowds stay on the beautiful Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, high above the valley is the hike to the Sentinel Dome. This moderately challenging hike climbs steadily before terminating on top of a granite “dome” with amazing views of El Capitan, Half Dome and multiple waterfalls. It also has a breathtaking view down into Yosemite Valley. If you’re like us, you’ll want to stay and take in the view for as long as you can.