This was a brief transition stop for us following our time camping in Yosemite National Park. We stayed at the Kit Fox RV Park which is near I-5 in Patterson, CA.
Next stop: Greenfield, CA.
We all have our views about natural beauty but I can’t imagine that anyone would not agree that Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular places on earth. Yosemite Valley has majestic glacier carved granite walls with waterfalls and lush meadows. With Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome and Glacier Point the mind has difficulty coping with the sheer size and scope of what the eye sees.
Yosemite Falls, at 2,425 feet, is the tallest waterfall in North America when including all three portions, upper, middle and lower falls. Generally, at this time of year its water source would be mostly dried up but there was still a good stream tumbling down the sheer rock face.
We spent a few days in Oakhurst, CA, which is north of Fresno, about 17 miles from the south entrance for Yosemite National Park.
We took some day hikes around Oakhurst and Bass Lake. We also took one day trip into Yosemite going as far as Wawona. Sadly the Mariposa grove of giant Sequoias is currently closed for restoration work but we enjoyed the visit to Wawona, home to the Big Trees Lodge.
Next stop: Yosemite National Park
Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are closely related with Kings Canyon just to the north of Sequoia. In fact, if you visit the National Park Service website, the two national parks are grouped together. Kings Canyon has two parts: the massive canyon for which it is named and a smaller component on the west face the Sierra Nevada with sequoia groves.
Sequoia National Park is one of our oldest national parks. It encompasses a vast portion of the Sierra Nevada mountains, approximately 630 square miles, most of which is designated wilderness with no access other than on foot. It also includes the highest mountain peak in the contiguous 48 states, Mount Whitney.