Sep 18, 2005 at 9:45 am #1216803
Hey, I am eager to see the giant trees at Sequoia when I visit California in the first week of october. Can anyone refer me to how to get there from Sacramento, or a good place to stay when I am there for a night or two? This is a business trip, and I won’t be able to camp out, so a good B + B would be great. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!Sep 18, 2005 at 9:57 am #1341750
Directions are real simple. Take Hwy 99 south to Fresno. Once in Fresno, Take Hwy 180 east to Kings Canyon. From Fresno to the park it is a 2 hr. drive. To enter the park requires $10 and the trees are located in a few spots in the park. It is pretty amazing. Places to say? Probably back in Fresno. Not much in between.Sep 18, 2005 at 10:20 am #1341751
There are some lodings available, as I see on the net. but i can’t tell where exactly they are in relation to day hike routes that will take me into the big trees. I wish i could camp out, but i don’t have the room and ability to pack everything in one suitcase. I guess I have to rent a car in Fresno? Maybe I can bus from Sacremento to Fresno? Ideas are appreciated. RMSep 18, 2005 at 11:26 am #1341754
Umm there should be bus routes to Fresno from Sac. If you are flying into Sacramento, why not rent a car? Sac. to Fresno I think is a 1 1/2 hr drive. There might be some lodging once you enter the park at the visitors center. As for the trees? The most famous ones are located just off the hwy. Once at the vistors center, just ask one of the rangers. Another suggestion depending on finaces, would be to rent some gear at REI and camp at one of the sites in the park. Hope this helps.Sep 18, 2005 at 12:04 pm #1341756
Seriously? You can rent gear? From where – somewhere in Fresno, perhaps? That would be great. Sleeping amongst the giants would far outweigh a bed in a hotel. If you know any more about this, let me know. thanksSep 18, 2005 at 12:20 pm #1341758
Sacramento has 3 REI stores in the city. I am not sure where you are from but these are mega-gear stores that sale and rent gear. Unfortunately there are none in Fresno. Since I am not from this area, I don’t know of any mom and pop shops that rent.Sep 18, 2005 at 1:38 pm #1341761
I remember the drive from Sacramento to Fresno being closer to 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
If I remember correctly there are some winery/B&Bs on the 180 on the way in from Fresno to Sequioa. Also there is lodging in Sequioa at I believe the Montecito which is within a few miles of some of the hikes.Sep 18, 2005 at 3:55 pm #1341763
Well, I have just found on the net a new (1999) hotel-type place right inside the area of the Giant Forest of the Sequioa national park! It is called Wuksachi Lodge. It actually looks nice. Entrance is off of 180, and then down into the park, and it is very close to good hikes. I am pleased with this. That keeps things simple and close. Yes, it looks like the drive from Sacramento to Fresno must be at least 2.5 hours, with another hour or so after that into the park (winding roads could be different). I think that I’ll bus to Fresno, then rent a car. Or, I could just rent from Sacramento. The thing is, that the next place I have to be is back in San Francisco two days later! Not much time to spare, but I’d rather spend it in the trees than in the city.Sep 18, 2005 at 4:02 pm #1341764
Herb Bauer Sporting Goods in Fresno has rental gear available.Sep 18, 2005 at 6:03 pm #1341770
I head to Fresno about 2-3 times a year for work. I’d love to rent some gear and camp out in the forest once or twice…
Thank!Sep 21, 2005 at 9:55 am #1341859
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Not sure how well you know the area or if you are set on going to Sequoia Park, but the Mariposa Grove in the SW corner of Yosemite is also a great place to see the big trees.Sep 21, 2005 at 2:07 pm #1341866
In King’s Canyon Park has to be one of the most awe-inspiring ‘things’ I’ve ever seen in my life.
The National Parks Service listing doesn’t even BEGIN to do the General justice.
The first branch is 130 feet in the air… and is 6.8 feet in diameter… the BRANCH is thicker than I am tall…
Absolutely amazing to see in person.Sep 21, 2005 at 4:30 pm #1341877
Yes, yes, I’ve heard- I am so excited to see them enormous branches. And thanks about the tip about Mariposa Grove, it is closer for sure, but I am already keen on getting right into the official Giant Forest, and do the tourist thing. We will see. It looks like I will have a car rented, so time is the only factor! I guess with a tree diameter of like 200′, I can leave my hammock at home…
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