Oakhurst, CA

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We spent a few days in Oakhurst, CA, which is north of Fresno, about 17 miles from the south entrance for Yosemite National Park.

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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

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Kings Canyon National Park

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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.

General Grant tree

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Sequoia National Park

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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.

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