2009 Kings Canyon and Sequoia

It was another anniversary ride we wanted to experience.

It was great weather and these roads are new to us. We road out on Friday and got to Fresno to spend the evening with our son Keith. The next morning we had the whole day to ride into Kings Canyon and Sequoia and see some of the worlds largest trees. Getting from Fresno to the park we took highway 180. Climbing up in altitude was good as the temperature was already starting to get very warm.  We got to the intersection of 180 and 198 and stayed on 180 to the Kings Canyon visitors center where we saw a large group of Harley’s that made it up from the Los Angeles are. It was another HOG group that were riding through the parks.

Leaving the visitors center we road out to the General Grant Tree and walked around the area. A large tree that had fallen was hollowed and you can walk through the tree.

Leaving this area we tried to continue on to Roads End but as we were riding and descending the temperature began to get too warm for our liking so we decided to stop and take a break to see the river below and take a few pictures. This will have to be completed on another trip to the parks.

We road back out to 198 and continued into Sequoia and stopped at the Lodgepole Visitors Center. Good place for a stop and getting souvenirs. We continued for a bit more and stopped at the General Sherman Tree and walked down the path through all the very large trees. Many people on the trails there.

The next stop was at Moro Rock which was a little hike up to the top where you could see a panoramic view of the Sierra Mountains. Be safe on the rock as the drop off is steep.

Riding out to Three Rivers included switchbacks to come down the mountains. We stayed at the River Inn and then went up to Gateway Restaurant for our anniversary dinner. Very nice evening sitting on the patio overlooking the river as it flowed by. Very enjoyable time and good people there.

The ride home was taking highway 198 west across the central valley and connecting to highway 101.

An easy trip to enjoy on a weekend.