Established: Sequoia National Park was established in
1890. It was California's first national park and is America's
second oldest (after Yellowstone).
Land Area: Sharing a common east-west boundary,
Sequoia and Kings Canyon measure 66 miles from north to south
and 36 miles across at their widest point. Together, they cover
Lowest and Highest Elevations: The lowest elevation is
1,370 feet (in the Ash Mountain area) and the highest is 14,494
feet at the summit of Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the
contiguous 48 states.
Number of Plant and Animal Species: There are 1,464
species of plants and more than 327 species of animals.
Popular Sights: Crescent Meadow; the General Sherman
Tree, the largest living tree on earth; Moro Rock; and Giant
Forest, a magnificent sequoia grove.
Popular Activities: Free ranger-led walks and talks,
fishing, hiking, horseback riding, photography, cross-country
skiing and snowshoe walks are some of the most popular
Hiking: There are more than 800 miles of marked
trails. Eighty percent of the park is accessible only by foot
Camping and Lodging: More than 1,200 campsites and a
variety of lodging accommodations are found in the parks.