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[Sequoia National Park, Aug 26, 2020] On day 2 of this trip, we decided to devote our time to Sequoia National Park. It was established the same year as Kings Canyon (1890) to protect over 400,000 acres of forests. The park contains the highest peak in the contiguous US, Mt. Whitney at 14,421 ft (4,441 m) above sea level. Sequoia and Kings Canyon are adjacent and the National Park Service treats them… Read More

[Kings Canyon National Park, Aug 25, 2020] Kings Canyon was established in 1890 under the name General Grant National Park. In 1940, the park was expanded and renamed to Kings Canyon. It’s named after the glacier-carved valley more than a mile deep, making it one of the deepest canyons in North America. With air quality and heat still on the oppressive side, we decided to spend our first full day visiting the… Read More

[Dunlap, CA, Aug 24, 2020] Back in January, we went to Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains and White Sands national parks. Little did we know that was going to be our last trip for a long while. COVID decimated all 6 trips I had planned from March through July. Our trip to Australia in November is also looking highly unlikely. We’d been taking day trips around southern California since March, but by August… Read More

My 6-day Bryce and Zion itinerary is pretty ambitious, but there are plenty of easy/moderate hikes you can do in both parks. This post includes my 3 favorite easy hikes in Zion. I’ll also be posting shorter versions of Zion’s most iconic trails soon – subscribe so you won’t miss it! Canyon Overlook Trail This trailhead is located just past the Mount Carmel Tunnel heading to the east side of the park…. Read More

It is my 2013 trip to Bryce and Zion that really ignited my passion for national parks. I’d been to a handful of national parks before, but this was the first time I did some big hikes and realized how much more there is to see once you get out of your car! This is the exact itinerary I followed on that trip – you will be sore, but your soul will… Read More