Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Nick and Lexi planned a weekend getaway to Sequoia National Park and invited us to join. Of course we said yes! We researched things to do and found some hikes and waterslides to check out.

We headed out around 5 am to ensure we wouldn’t hit LA traffic. The drive took about 6 hours from San Diego. The drive is really scenic as you see Joshua trees in the desert and then all of the sudden you are surrounded by the giant sequoias as you reach 5,000 ft elevation.

First we parked at Hospital Rock and walked the trail toward Buckeye Flat Campground. We checked out the Paradise Creek trail which is a nice and easy path along the water.

Paradise Creek Waterslide

The Paradise Creek rapids seemed too strong to be a waterslide so we waded around at the bottom of the falls to cool off. Nick and Miles found a rock to jump off across the creek. All of the sudden a couple came racing down the rapids toward us. They showed us where the slide started and we had a blast sliding down!

Congress Trail / Alta Trail Hike

After our first waterslide adventure we drove to the Giant Forest Museum. There is plenty of parking and free in-park shuttles that offer five different routes. One of the rangers recommended that we try the Congress and Alta trails for hiking.

"The President" sequoia

“The President” sequoia

The Congress Trail hike is about 2 miles and the Alta Trail hike is about probably about 3 miles. We linked the two trails together to walk from the General Sherman tree back to the Giant Forest Museum. I made everyone stop at every named Sequoia and take a picture. The Sequoias are beautiful and I couldn’t get enough of them.

Feeling small among the sequoias

Feeling small among the sequoias

Moro Rock Hike

Moro Rock is a steep 0.6 mile round-trip hike comprised of about 400 steps. We started around 5 pm and found ample parking at the trailhead. During peak hours I would recommend parking at the Giant Forest Museum and taking the shuttle to the trailhead.

You can see Moro Rock as you drive into the park. When you get to the top you have a 360 degree view. The views are incredible and terrifying at the same time. There is some climbing at Moro Rock but check to make sure it’s open; the park closes Moro Rock between April through August for peregrine falcon nesting.

View from the top of Moro Rock

Tokopah Falls Hike

The Tokopah Falls hike is about 3.4 miles round-trip and the trail is mostly flat. Tokopah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the US.

Tokopah Falls

Tokopah Falls

We climbed down to the base of the falls and took some pictures. Nick did some cliff jumping. Lexi and I walked back up to the trail where we saw a marmot!

Tokopah Falls Marmot

Tokopah Falls Marmot

On our way back from the hike we saw a mama bear and her two cubs.

Sequoia National Forest Waterslide

The second waterslide we visited is located in Sequoia National Forest. We set off for Sequoia National Forest after the Tokopah Falls hike. By the time we arrived it was getting late but we had to check it out. We ran into some families leaving for the day and they told us they behind trash bags to slide in. The trail down to the slide is an easy walk. We quickly dressed in the trash bags and went down the waterslide.

The water was freezing but that didn’t stop us from going down for over an hour!