Sequoia National Forest Water Slide trail waterslide hike Western Divide Ranger District Sierra Nevada Mountains
On a hot summer day in the Sierra, what could be better than a cool water slide? Answer: a natural water slide. Fortunately, Giant Sequoia National Monument is nice enough to offer one. However, you wouldn't know it from the park literature. Nature's slip-n-slide goes unmentioned in handouts and websites. For that reason, many visitors miss out on this unadvertised attraction. North of the... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 26, 2018
Dome Rock Trail Sequoia National Forest Western Divide Ranger District granite dome trail Giant Sequoia National Monument Hike
As the straightforward name implies, Dome Rock is a large dome... made of rock. The granite dome offers easy-to-reach views of Sequoia National Forest and Golden Trout Wilderness. A short dirt road ends alongside the 400-foot tall, 800-foot wide protrusion. From there, a quick trail takes hikers to the top. Dome Rock is similar to other granite domes common the Sierra Nevada Mountains.... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 4, 2017
Needles Lookout Sequoia National Forest Western Divide Ranger District lookout tower hike on the Needles Mountains Giant Sequoia National Monument
For an overview of Giant Sequoia National Monument, hike the 5-mile round trip trail to Needles Lookout, where a watchtower built atop a formation of rocky spires provides an amazing view. A ranger is stationed in the lookout during the dry months to keep watch over the forest. You could spot a far-off fire from here, and the panoramic view from 8,254 feet is well worth the hike. An... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: June 4, 2017

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