going to see Sequoia's - anyone?
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Rob Mcrae
(emptyman) - F

Locale: the other, big Ontario
going to see Sequoia's - anyone? on 09/18/2005 10:45:29 MDT Print View

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!

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Seqouia Natl Park on 09/18/2005 10:57:57 MDT Print View

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.

Rob Mcrae
(emptyman) - F

Locale: the other, big Ontario
thanks ken on 09/18/2005 11:20:58 MDT Print View

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. RM

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Sequoia on 09/18/2005 12:26:22 MDT Print View

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.

Rob Mcrae
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Locale: the other, big Ontario
rent gear? where? on 09/18/2005 13:04:24 MDT Print View

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. thanks

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Sequoia on 09/18/2005 13:20:40 MDT Print View

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.


(Anonymous)
Sequoia lodging on 09/18/2005 14:38:08 MDT Print View

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.

Rob Mcrae
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Locale: the other, big Ontario
sequioa lodging on 09/18/2005 16:55:29 MDT Print View

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.

Gabriel Lewis
(gabriel) - F
Gear rental in Fresno on 09/18/2005 17:02:22 MDT Print View

Herb Bauer Sporting Goods in Fresno has rental gear available.

http://www.herbbauersportinggoods.com
http://www.herbbauersportinggoods.com/rentals.html

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Gabriel, you're awesome on 09/18/2005 19:03:40 MDT Print View

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!

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: going to see Sequoia's - anyone? on 09/21/2005 10:55:05 MDT Print View

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.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
General Sherman... on 09/21/2005 15:07:40 MDT Print View

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.

Rob Mcrae
(emptyman) - F

Locale: the other, big Ontario
BIG trees on 09/21/2005 17:30:56 MDT Print View

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...