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Sequoia

The Sequoia National Forest's landscape is as spectacular as its trees. Soaring granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater, and more await your discovery at the Sierra Nevada's southern end.

The Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are named for the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree. The landscape is as spectacular as its 38 Giant Sequoia Groves.

The Sequoia National Forest offers a huge range of outdoor recreation activities. The trailsoffer hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and off-roading. The rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. The Forest is home to a few portions of Wild and Scenic Rivers.

More than 50 developed campgrounds are available on the Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument. There are a number of picnic and day use areas.

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which stretches 2,600 miles from Canada to Mexico, crosses the Sequoia National Forest for approximately 78 miles. The threeNational Recreation Trails in the forest are: Summit, Cannell Meadow, and Jackass Creek.

Other points of interest on the Forest include: Hume Lake, Chicago Stump, Cannell Meadow Station, Kern River, Kings River and Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, Dome Rock,Lake Isabella, Trail of a Hundred Giants, and The Needles.

The Sequoia contains portions of six designated Wilderness Areas: Kiavah, Monarch, South Sierra, Dome Land, Jennie Lakes and Golden Trout.

In the winter, the high elevations provide the full range of snow activities: downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

There are many fun overnight opportunities in the Sequoia National Forest, includingcamps and resorts. Or experience a backcountry experience by spending the night at aFire Lookout or Guard Station Cabin, which are available for rent to the public. These historic refurbished cabins and lookouts are available for overnight stay.

First-timer’s Adventure

Meandering through the Trail of a Hundred Giants is a wonderful experience. This popular site is the location where President Bill Clinton signed the proclamation to create the 327,769-acre Giant Sequoia National Monument in April, 2000. This universally-accessible trail wanders through the Long Meadow Grove, which is home to more than 125 giant sequoias.

Statistics

State(s):

California

Nearest Large Urban Area:

Los Angeles

Notes & Conditions:

Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.

Maps:

Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.