Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

I almost started to think that I will never find a time to write this post…
In the middle of October, we drove into Kings Canyon National Park. We were in the Sequoia previously, but the weather stopped us halfway to the Kings Canyon Drive. I didn’t plan this trip very well; we had booked the room in the Cedar Grove Village, and that’s it.
So we were on the King Canyon. The weather was great – sunny and warm. That was the last weekend before the road closure, so we were left almost for ourselves. I always knew that this road is magnificent!
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park

10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park

As we get closure to the bottom of the canyon, the more golden colors I saw.

Grizzly Falls

10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park

Observation Point Hike

The only what I wanted to do is the hike to Observation Point. The four miles hike was relatively easy. But I was so impressed with the signs of a recent wildfire that had no wish to take photos. The observation point left me speechless.

10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park

The place was windy and warm. It was so lovely to stay here for some time.

Cedar Grow Lodge

We stayed in the park in the Cedar Grow Lodge. The hotel is situated on the bank of the South Fork Kings River. I don’t know how it looks in Summer, but orange and yellow foliage adds the charm!

10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park

When the sun comes up, I wanted to check this place one more time. The weather started to change. I saw the clouds on the top of the mountains.

10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park

Giant Trees, Hanging Rock, and Morro Rock

We rushed out the park with the hope to check the Morro Rock in the not so cloudy/foggy/rainy mood.

10.16. Kings Canyon National Park
10.16. Kings Canyon National Park

But when we were in the entry to the Sequoia, it was clear: we were late. Very late.

10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park

Clouds covered almost everything, and the fog drifted among the trees. Only the view on Kings Canyon had a bright blue sky.

10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park

We visited giants.

10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park

And Hanging Rock!

10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park

Morro Rock met us like old friends with the same foggy view as on our previous visit.

10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park
10.16. Sequoia National Park

We didn’t see the rain. When we were at Foothills, everything was the same grey, but it wasn’t even a sign of moisture in the air. I do not truly believe in karma or smth. But I firmly believe we are fortunate πŸ™‚

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