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SEQUOIA [CALIFORNIA] NATIONAL PARK

United States Department of the Interior
Harold L. Ickes, Secretary

National Park Service
Arno B. Cammerer, Director



[Illustration]

United States
Government Printing Office
Washington: 1937



WHAT TO SEE AND DO


The Principal Attractions in the park which the visitor should see are
as follows:

One-Day Stay.--Should include the Sherman Tree, Lodgepole Camp, Moro
Rock, Parker Group, Crescent Meadow, and Tharp Cabin Log in the Giant
Forest district. A drive out the Generals Highway to Lost Grove and
General Grant National Park should be included.

Two-Day Stay.--In addition to the above should include the Alta Trail as
far as McKinley Tree, Congress Group, and the High Sierra Trail to Eagle
View.

Three-Day Stay.--Should include in addition, Tokopah Valley, Sugar Pine
Trail to Kaweah Vista, and view of Marble Falls, from Admiration Point.

Four-Day to a Week Stay.--Will enable the visitor to see all of the
foregoing attractions and to take the high mountain trips on High Sierra
Trail to the cream of Sierra scenery at River Valley, Hamilton Lake, or
Tamarack Lakes; to Twin Lakes, Alta Meadows and Peaks, Mount Silliman,
Emerald and Heather Lakes, The Watchtower, Colony Mill, Little Baldy
Fire Lookout, Admiration Point, and Marble Falls, with many other
points.

Three-Week to a Month Stay.--Will permit a trail trip through wonderful
country by the High Sierra Trail over Kaweah Gap to Big Arroyo, Kern
Canyon, and Mount Whitney through the finest scenery of the Sierra
Nevada. The Kern Canyon is a 25-mile valley with 3,000-foot walls, fine
fishing, and lovely waterfalls.

It is no exaggeration to state that any length of time from 1 day to all
summer may be profitably and enjoyably spent in the park. New beauties
and natural wonders will be unfolded each day.


Events OF HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE

  -----+-------------------------------------------------------------
  1858 | Giant Forest discovered by Hale Tharp, of Three Rivers,
       |   Calif., in September.
  1861 | First ascent of Moro Rock by Hale Tharp and George and
       |   John Swanson.
  1865 | Last of Potwisha Tribe of Indians left the park area.
  1873 | First ascent of Mount Whitney by A. H. Johnson, C. D.
       |   Begole, and John Lucas on August 18.
  1875 | Giant Forest first visited by John Muir.
  1879 | Sherman Tree discovered and named by James Wolverton,
       |   August 7.
  1881 | Samuel Pierpont Langley conducted researches in solar heat
       |   on summit of Mount Whitney.
  1881 | First ascent of Mount Kaweah, by J. W. A. Wright, F. H.
       |   Wales, and W. B. Wallace.
  1885 | Clough Cave discovered by William O. Clough, April 6.
       |   "Kaweah Colonists" filed on Giant Forest land, October.
  1886 | Giant Forest North Fork Road construction commenced by
       |   colony.
  1890 | Park created by act of Congress on September 25; second
       |   national park to be established.
  1891 | First administration of park by Capt. J. H. Dorst, Fourth
       |   United States Cavalry, and troop. Entered park June 7.
  1899 | First official survey of park by Isaac N. Chapman. Completed
       |   in 1900.
  1900 | First appropriation ever granted for park operations
       |   ($10,000).
  1902 | First transportation and camp operations permittee, Broder
       |   & Hopping.
  1903 | First road into Giant Forest completed August 15.
  1904 | First automobile entered Giant Forest, May 24. Mr. and
       |   Mrs. W. G. Luper, Vallejo, Calif.
  1905 | First white child born at Giant Forest (Forest Grunigen)
       |   August 31.
  1907 | First telephone line constructed, Three Rivers to Giant
       |   Forest, 33 miles. First post office established at Giant
       |   Forest. (Ranger.)
  1909 | Stone house on top of Mount Whitney built by Smithsonian
       |   Institution for solar heat observations.
  1914 | Walter Fry appointed first civilian superintendent.
  1919 | Exclusive jurisdiction over park ceded by California.
  1920 | Walter Fry appointed first U. S. Commissioner; Col. John
       |   R. White appointed superintendent.
  1926 | Park enlarged to include Kern district, increasing area from
       |   252 to 604 square miles.
  1934 | Generals Highway opened to General Grant National Park.
  -----+-------------------------------------------------------------



PARK REGULATIONS

Briefed


Please Study the Regulations. Deliberate infractions may bring a penalty
not to exceed $500 fine, or 6 months imprisonment, or both.

Suggestions, complaints, or comments regarding any phase of the park
operation should be communicated immediately to the superintendent, or
to any ranger or park officer, who will notify the superintendent.

=_Camps._=--Camping is permitted only in numbered and designated camp
sites. As far as possible, burn garbage in camp fire, and deposit empty
cans and residue in garbage cans provided. Do not wash clothing or
cooking utensils under hydrants, in streams, lakes, or otherwise pollute
the water in the park. Observe quiet hours--at least from 10 p. m. until
6 a. m. Consider your neighbor.

=_Automobiles._=--Cars must be equipped with good brakes, horns, and
lights. Careful driving is required for the protection of yourself and
others. Keep to the right of the road and avoid passing on curves. Speed
limit signs are posted. Obey traffic rules and regulations. Permit fee
is $1, allowing entrance to General Grant National Park also.
Automobiles are not permitted in the park through the Ash Mountain or
Lost Grove entrances after 9 p. m. or before 5 a. m., except Saturdays
or days preceding holidays, when the closing hour for entry is 11 p. m.

=_Trash._=--Deposit papers, lunch refuse, film carton, gum, or wrappers
of any nature in receptacles provided.

=_Fires._=--Light fires only in designated places. Extinguish completely
before leaving camp even for temporary absence. Know your fire is out.

=_Smoking._=--During the fire-hazard season, smoking while traveling on
roads or trails is prohibited. Smoke only in camps and designated
places. Be sure your smokes and matches are out before throwing away.

=_Trees, flowers, shrubs._=--Do not pick flowers or write or carve your
name on objects in the park. Down timber, except sequoia, may be used
for firewood, unless posted =_not to be disturbed_=.

=_Animals and birds._=--Do not kill, capture, or scare. The animals are
your friends.

=_Dogs and cats._=--Dogs and cats are prohibited on the park lands
except upon written permission of the superintendent, secured upon
entrance.

=_Fishing._=--Get a State angling license. Apply to the nearest park
ranger for the current year's fishing regulations. Avoid closed waters.
Do not dig in the meadows for bait.

=_Park rangers._=--The rangers are here to help and advise you, as well
as to enforce regulations. When in doubt, ask a ranger.

=_Articles lost and found._=--Should be reported to the ranger station
at Giant Forest Village or at Ash Mountain. Persons should leave their
names so that articles not claimed within 60 days may be returned to the
finder.

=_Complete regulations may be seen at the office of the superintendent
and at ranger stations._=



Contents


                                             _Page_
  Season                                         1
  Administration and Headquarters                2
  How to Reach the Park                          2
    By Railroad and Auto Stage                   2
    By Airplane                                  3
    By Automobile                                3
  Automobile Entrances                           4
  Road-sign Information                          5
  Trail Entrances                                5
  Special Attractions                            7
  Outstanding Views                              9
  The Giant Forest District                     11
    The Meadows                                 11
  The Sequoias                                  11
    Origin of the Name "Sequoia"                15
    The Groves                                  15
  Fishing                                       15
  Bathing                                       16
  Free Campgrounds                              16
  Pay Accommodations                            16
  Miscellaneous Services                        17
    Post Office                                 17
    Telephone and Telegraph Service             17
    Medical Service                             17
    Religious Services                          17
    Giant Forest Library                        17
  Special Winter Attractions                    17
  Other Attractions                             19
  Museum, Lecture, and Trail Guide Service      20
  The Trails                                    20
  Fauna and Flora                               22
  Kern Canyon and Mount Whitney                 27
  Mountaineering                                27
  Pack Trips to High Sierra                     29
  Permitted Packers                             32
  Accommodations                                32
    Transportation and Special Tours            34
    Horseback Trips                             34
    High Sierra Pack Trips                      35
  General Grant National Park                   35
  References                                    37

[Illustration: GROUP OF BIG TREES ON EDGE OF ROUND MEADOW]



SEQUOIA

_National Park_

OPEN ALL YEAR


    And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills
      Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
    And here were forests ancient as the hills,
      Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

                       --_Kubla Khan._

The Sequoia National Park, which is located in eastern central
California, was created by the act of September 25, 1890, and enlarged
by act of July 3, 1926. Its area is now approximately 604 square miles.
The park is situated on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and was
established to preserve the groves and forests of California Big Trees
(_Sequoia gigantea_).

It contains not only the largest and perhaps oldest trees in the world,
but many other superb scenic attractions.

It is easily reached by train and auto stage or by private automobiles,
is open the year round, and accommodations are available at all times.


SEASON

The Sequoia National Park is open all year through the Ash Mountain
entrance to Giant Forest. From May 25 to September 5 the Giant Forest
Lodge, Kaweah Housekeeping Camp, Pinewood Automobile Camp, lunch-room,
store, and service station are operated for the accommodation of
visitors. From September 5 to May 25, the remainder of the year, the
Giant Forest Winter Camp is available, providing American-plan and
housekeeping accommodations in comfortable cabins. All year
accommodations are provided as well for campers with their own
equipment. From early May until snowfall (generally about the middle of
November) the National Park Service maintains camps at Giant Forest with
running water, sanitary facilities, and garbage disposal. Campgrounds
are also provided the year round at lower elevations, principally at
Buckeye Flat, 2,800 feet, and Hospital Rock Camp, 2,700 feet. At all
times of the year visitors camping at Hospital Rock can drive in and out
of Giant Forest in an hour or two.

At Hospital Rock during the entire year lodging accommodations in cabins
and in the auto camp are available. A general store, gasoline station,
and lunch counter are operated here the year round, and photographic
supplies may also be obtained. Particularly during the winter months,
November to April, many find it most pleasant to avail themselves of the
Hospital Rock accommodations and drive in and out of Giant Forest during
the day.


ADMINISTRATION AND HEADQUARTERS

The general headquarters for the Sequoia National Park is at Ash
Mountain, on the Generals Highway. An information office is also
maintained at Giant Forest.

Mail, telephone, and telegraph messages for the superintendent should be
addressed to Sequoia National Park, Calif.; the representative of the
National Park Service in charge is the superintendent, John R. White.

The United States Government has exclusive jurisdiction over the park
(act of California Legislature, Apr. 15, 1919, and act of Congress, June
1920, 41 Stat. 731). Walter Fry is the United States commissioner for
the park.

The Sequoia National Park is little more than an hour distant from
points on the Golden State Highway (U S 99). The following table is
accurate as to distances between points in California and the Sequoia
National Park.

-----------------------------------------------------+--------
                                                     |
                         City                        | Miles
                                                     |
-----------------------------------------------------+--------
                                                     |
Lemon Cove                                           |   16.5
Exeter                                               |   28
Visalia                                              |   36
Tulare                                               |   46
Porterville                                          |   50
Fresno (via Woodlake)                                |   75
Bakersfield                                          |  110
General Grant National Park  (via Generals Highway)  |   47
Yosemite National Park (via Merced)                  |  219
Los Angeles                                          |  220
San Francisco                                        |  253
                                                     |
-----------------------------------------------------+--------


HOW TO REACH THE PARK

BY RAILROAD AND AUTO STAGE

Fresno, Visalia, and Exeter are the railway gateways to Sequoia and
General Grant National Parks, served by the Southern Pacific Railway and
the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe. These cities are reached by an easy
overnight journey from either Los Angeles or San Francisco. Pullman
service is available daily to Fresno, and three times a week to Exeter
and Visalia.

The standard tour of Sequoia and General Grant National Parks is, in one
direction only, from Fresno, via Visalia and Exeter, to Giant Forest,
Sequoia National Park, thence via the Generals Highway to General Grant
National Park, returning direct to Fresno. A special service direct to
General Grant National Park, returning by the same route, is available
on advance reservation.

From June 10 to September 10, an auto stage of the Sequoia and General
Grant National Parks Co. leaves Fresno daily at 8 a. m. for Giant
Forest, Sequoia National Park, by way of Visalia and Exeter, arriving at
Giant Forest about 12:15 p. m. From there the auto stage leaves about
1:45 p. m. for the return trip to Fresno, via General Grant National
Park, over the spectacular new Generals Highway, arriving at Fresno 6:30
p. m. This circle tour service enables travelers to visit both parks
easily.

From September 11 to June 9 "On Call" service by advance reservation is
provided from Visalia and Exeter to Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park,
and return over the same route, but no service is available to General
Grant National Park during this period.

Special excursion fares are in effect on the railroads during the summer
in connection with trips to Sequoia and General Grant National Parks.
Detailed information about railroad service and rates may be obtained
from local railroad ticket agents; the passenger traffic manager of the
Southern Pacific Lines, San Francisco; the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Railway, Chicago; or the Sequoia and General Grant National Parks Co.,
Sequoia National Park, Calif.

Sequoia and General Grant National Parks are easily reached from many
points. Visitors find the various routes and methods of transportation
equally comfortable and enjoyable.


BY AIRPLANE

Airplane service is available through a bi-daily service to Fresno by
the United Air Lines, connecting with its transcontinental service at
Oakland and that of T. W. A., Inc., and American Airlines at Los
Angeles. Private planes may land at the Three Rivers airport, 6 miles
from Ash Mountain.


BY AUTOMOBILE

From San Francisco the motor route to Sequoia National Park is by the
Golden State Highway through San Joaquin Valley to Fresno and Visalia.
Visalia is the motorists' headquarters for the mountain trip and is a
pleasant county seat of about 6,500 people, with excellent hotel and
stores. Ash Mountain is 36 miles from Visalia by paved highway via
either Lemon Cove or Woodlake. Giant Forest is 17 miles farther by
excellent mountain road. The motor journey from Visalia to Giant Forest
is easily made in 2 hours.

From Los Angeles the motorist has a choice of highway routes after
leaving Bakersfield either via Tulare and Visalia or by Delano,
Porterville, and Exeter. There are good accommodations in any of these
towns.

Full information relative to the best routes, road conditions, etc., may
be obtained from the California State Automobile Association, San
Francisco; the National Automobile Club, San Francisco; the Automobile
Club of Southern California, Los Angeles; and from branch offices of any
automobile club in California. All automobile club offices post the
latest bulletins from the superintendent's office.

An automobile license fee of $1 is required except on the Mineral King
Road. It is payable at any of the entrance stations. The same license
permits entrance to both Sequoia and General Grant National Parks, good
for the entire calendar year.


AUTOMOBILE ENTRANCES

The Generals Highway, leading to Giant Forest by way of the Kaweah
River, Middle Fork, is the main artery of travel in the park, connecting
directly with the paved State highway at the park boundary and reached
from all points north and south through the various towns of the San
Joaquin Valley. The Generals Highway is a fine surfaced mountain road,
wide and of easy grade, leading the visitor past Ash Mountain
headquarters, Camps Potwisha and Hospital Rock, to Giant Forest, 17
miles from the entrance, and the heart of the present development among
the Big Trees. From Giant Forest it continues on past the Sherman Tree
to Lodgepole Camp (4 miles), crosses the Marble Fork, and, winding
through mixed fir and pine forests, crossing streams and meadows with
many a forest and mountain vista, leaves the park 11 miles farther on at
the Lost Grove Ranger Station. For the convenience of motorists, water
stations and telephones for emergency use will be found at intervals
along the highway through the park. The highway continues on 15 miles
farther through scenic country to General Grant National Park, where it
connects with the State highway to either Visalia or Fresno. This makes
possible a circle trip through both parks, via either the Ash Mountain
entrance or the Lost Grove entrance and via either Visalia or Fresno.
The Generals Highway is open to Giant Forest, via the Ash Mountain
entrance, all year except immediately after unusually severe storms in
winter.

The Mineral King Road, leaving the State highway at Hammond, 5 miles
above Three Rivers, and following the east fork of the Kaweah River,
crosses the central part of the park, passing Atwell station and camp in
a forest of Big Trees, and ends at the summer resort of Mineral King, in
the national forest and game refuge beyond.


ROAD-SIGN INFORMATION

All signs in the parks are official. It is important and helpful to read
them.

The motorist should observe the road signs, always have his car under
full control, keep to the right, and sound horn when on curves that are
blind.

Speed must not exceed 15 miles an hour on grades when rounding sharp
curves. On straight open stretches the speed must not exceed 35 miles an
hour. Speed limit signs inform the driver of maximum speeds allowed in
the various areas. Careful driving is required at all times. Descend
hills in gear, and drive more slowly downhill than uphill. These are
scenic roads; take time to enjoy them.


TRAIL ENTRANCES

Numerous trails cross the park boundary from all directions. The South
Fork, or Hockett Trail, starts at the end of the South Fork Road 13
miles above Three Rivers at the Clough Cave entrance to the park. This
is a main-traveled trail to southern points in the park--Garfield Grove,
Kern Canyon, and Mount Whitney.

The south trail entrance is reached from the end of the automobile road
at Camp Nelson, in the national forest east of Porterville; thence by
trail to the Kern Canyon station at Golden Trout Creek. The Kern Canyon
entrance is reached also by trail from Lone Pine and other Inyo County
points via Cottonwood Pass on the main crest of the Sierra, somewhat
south of the park line. The higher reaches of the Kern River within the
park may be reached from this trail by a direct route crossing Siberian
Pass on the park boundary, where this is defined by a secondary divide.

A foot-and-horse trail runs to the summit of Mount Whitney (14,494.7
feet) from the Owens Valley side. It connects with the main park and
Kern watershed trail system at Crabtree Meadows on the west side of the
crest. Here it is possible to go over the "top of the United States" and
down the other side. Mount Whitney may therefore be reached from Lone
Pine via Cottonwood Lakes and Army Pass, or direct via Lone Pine Creek
from the east. It may be reached from the west by starting at Giant
Forest, or Mineral King, or by way of Camp Nelson from the south. This
latter trail is used particularly in the early spring and summer.

[Illustration: _Hammond photo._

MOUNT WHITNEY, THE HIGHEST POINT IN CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES]


SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

The Sequoia National Park contains many scenic features in addition to
the Big Trees. The forests of sugar pine, yellow pine, fir, cedar, black
oak, and other trees are the noblest of their kind. Upland meadows
painted with flowers; many rushing rivers and creeks, as well as lakes
well stocked with trout; glacier-hewn valleys; monolithic rocks, and
snow-capped mountain peaks all contribute to furnish perfect conditions
for enjoyment of outdoor life and the study of nature. Below are listed
but a few of its scenic and other attractions.

=_Middle Fork and Hospital Rock._=--The motorist first enters the park
via Ash Mountain headquarters, and the road leads up the gorge of the
Middle Fork of the Kaweah River.

Hospital Rock, tourist center and public campground, is 5 miles beyond
Ash Mountain on the road to Giant Forest, at 2,700 feet elevation, and
is an all-year-round center of park activities. The Buckeye store sells
general supplies, photographs, films, curios, etc., and furnishes light
meals and overnight accommodations.

At or near Hospital Rock are historical and scenic attractions of great
interest. There are Indian pictographs, and a mammoth boulder marks the
old headquarters of the Yokut Indians. Moro Rock towers 4,000 feet
above. The Kaweah River gorge is full of pools, cataracts, and
waterfalls. The fishing is excellent. Short-trail trips lead to the
Giants Rock Pile, the Big Pool, Buckeye Flat, Red Rock Gorge, and other
interesting walks. Deer are numerous and very tame in this vicinity.

A narrow 2-mile road above Hospital Rock leads to Moro Creek, where
there is a public campground and point of departure for high mountain
trail trips. Magnificent views of the Great Western Divide, with its
12,000- and 13,000-foot peaks, may be had from this road.

Buckeye Flat is a newly developed area on this road, half a mile above
Hospital Rock. This is a delightful public campground, beside the
rushing Middle Fork, with the usual accommodations. Though particularly
beautiful in the spring, it is attractive throughout the year.

Paradise-Atwell Trail connects Atwell Mill Station on the East Fork with
Hospital Rock on the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River. It joins the
Atwell-Hockett Trail, permitting direct access to the Hockett Meadow
country from the Middle Fork district.

[Illustration: _Grant photo._

VIEW OF MORO ROCK FROM ROAD TO OLD COLONY MILL]

Continuing up the Middle Fork, under the shadow of the Great Western
Divide, is Redwood Meadow with its interesting grove of Big Trees. To
its left, at Bearpaw Meadow, a hikers' camp is maintained during the
summer season. The camp is within easy walking distance of Giant Forest
and is a convenient base for trips to Tamarack Lake, Hamilton Lake, or
Kaweah Gap.

=_Giant Forest and surroundings._=--On a plateau ranging in elevation
from 5,500 to 8,000 feet and running back to mountains 11,000 feet high.
In heart of park, including major woodland attractions, the Tokopah
Valley, and several lakes.

=_East Fork or Atwell Mill region._=--The Mineral King Road leads
through this region to the resort of that name just outside the park at
7,800 feet elevation. At Atwell Mill are to be found the finest stands
of young Sequoia in the park.

=_The Atwell-Hockett Trail._=--This trail is built on the highest
standards. It permits easy travel, whether on foot or horse, and
provides a direct route from Atwell Mill into the Hockett Meadow
country, famous for its miles of plateau and meadows. Beyond Hockett
Meadow is the Quinn Ranger Station, also the fine Garfield Grove of Big
Trees.

=_South Fork or Hockett Meadow region._=--From Clough Cave Ranger
Station, at 3,000 feet, through the Garfield Grove to the fine camping
and fishing country at Hockett Meadows, 8,500 feet. Accessible by trail
only.

=_Kern Canyon district._=--This area of more than 300 square miles
embraces the upper Kern River, its tributaries, and the Kern Canyon. It
is a wild, immense country of forest, granite, lakes, and streams,
varying in elevation from 14,494.7 at the summit of Mount Whitney to
6,400 feet at the Kern Canyon Ranger Station at the lower end of the
canyon. Excellent camping and fishing country. Accessible only by trail.


OUTSTANDING VIEWS

Two miles by road or trail from Giant Forest is Moro Rock, one of the
great monoliths of the Sierra Nevada, others being El Capitan and Half
Dome in the Yosemite, and Tehipite Dome in the Kings River Canyon.

Moro Rock is 6,719 feet above sea level and over 6,000 feet above the
San Joaquin Valley. From the summit, which is easily reached by a rock
and concrete stairway, to the silver streak of the Kaweah River at its
base, is an almost sheer drop of 4,119 feet. The panorama of the Sierra
Nevada, Alta Peak, the San Joaquin Valley, and the distant coast range
is equal to that otherwise obtained only by long and expensive pack
trips to the high mountains. Climbing Moro Rock is "mountaineering de
luxe."

Hanging Rock, Moro Vista, Profile View, Echo Point, and Kaweah Vista are
viewpoints on the rocky escarpment of the Giant Forest Plateau near Moro
Rock. Each offers some special view or attraction. Hanging Rock is a
huge erratic boulder poised for a 3,000-foot drop to the yawning canyon
beneath. Echo Point and Profile View disclose unexpected profiles of
Moro Rock, and at the former a resonant echo reverberates from the
painted cliff across the chasm.

Beetle and Sunset Rocks, a few hundred yards from Giant Forest camps,
are bold granite promontories overlooking the valley and the Marble
Canyon. They are favorite spots for picnic suppers and sunset views.

Lodgepole Campgrounds and Tokopah Valley are 4 1/2 miles by road from
Giant Forest. The former is the auto camp favored by those who want to
live in an open pine forest and beside running water. The swimming pool
here also attracts campers. Two miles above the campgrounds, by trail
along the north bank of the Marble Fork, is Tokopah Valley, of cameolike
beauty, hewn by glacial action from the ribs of the earth. It is a
miniature Yosemite, a narrow valley with towering cliffs, waterfalls,
talus, meadows, and moraine. It affords one of the favorite short hikes
in the park.

Colony Mill and Admiration Point, a 9-mile side trip by road from Giant
Forest, are often overlooked by visitors. The views from Colony Mill
Ranger Station are superb, while the mile side trip by trail down to
Admiration Point permits a view of the Marble Falls, a 2,000-foot
cascade in seven distinct waterfalls.

[Illustration: _Hammond photo._

ONE OF SEQUOIA'S MANY UPLAND MEADOWS]

Marble Fork Bridge, 4 1/2 miles from Giant Forest, at an elevation of
5,000 feet, is favored by those who like to be near a stream and to
fish. It may be reached by road or by the Sunset Trail. This is a
favorite retreat with hikers as well as fishermen. The setting is
beautiful and the views especially fine. A natural swimming pool adds to
its attractiveness.

By parking at the Little Baldy Saddle on the Generals Highway a fine
view may be had by hiking a mile and a quarter to the top of the dome.
The panorama spread out is a reward worth twice the effort expended.


THE GIANT FOREST DISTRICT

The Giant Forest is the name given the largest grove of sequoias, which
is more than a grove. It is a Brobdingnagian forest. Here is found the
General Sherman Tree, perhaps the oldest and largest living thing, 36.5
feet at its greatest diameter and 272.4 feet high. There are scores of
trees almost as large as the General Sherman, hundreds over 10 feet in
diameter, and many thousand from the seedling stage upward.

In his book, Our National Parks, John Muir says, "* * * I entered the
sublime wilderness of the Kaweah Basin. This part of the Sequoia belt
seemed to me the finest, and I then named it 'The Giant Forest.' It
extends, a magnificent growth of giants grouped in pure temple groves,
ranged in colonnades along the sides of meadows or scattered among the
other trees, from the granite headlands overlooking the hot foothills
and plains of the San Joaquin back to within a few miles of the old
glacier fountains at an elevation of 5,000 to 8,400 feet above the sea."

Giant Forest is also the name of the village beneath the sequoias where
the Giant Forest Lodge and the housekeeping and auto camps are situated.
Its summer population is about 3,000.


THE MEADOWS

The beauty of the Giant Forest region is much enhanced by the many
upland meadows, flower-strewn from the first blossoming of the
amethystine cyclamen, or shooting stars in May, to the golden autumn
glow of the goldenrod in September. The best-known meadows are Round,
Circle, Crescent, and Log, all within 2 miles of Giant Forest Camp.


THE SEQUOIAS

The California Big Trees must ever remain the supreme attraction of the
park, although for many the mountain scenery and the fishing are added
allurements. The Big Tree (_Sequoia gigantea_) is sometimes confused
with the redwood (_Sequoia sempervirens_), the smaller species of
Sequoia found only in the Coast Range of California. While _gigantea_
approaches 40 feet in base diameter, _sempervirens_ rarely exceeds 20
feet. The wood is similar in color and texture, but the foliage is
distinct, and the bark of the Big Tree is much thicker and of a rich red
color, instead of a dull brown. The most distinctive characteristic is
that the Big Tree is reproduced only from the seed while the redwood
when cut down sprouts from the stump.

There are many world-famous Big Trees in the Sequoia National Park, of
which the General Sherman is the largest and best known. But there are
scores or hundreds unnamed and almost equal to the General Sherman in
size and majesty.

In addition to those noted for their size, the National Park Service has
named and signed many of singular form, burned by fire, struck by
lightning, or fallen in strange fashion. The trees which should be seen
by all visitors are:

=_The General Sherman Tree._=--The largest, and perhaps the oldest
living thing. Discovered by James Wolverton, a hunter and trapper, on
August 7, 1879, at which time he named the tree in honor of General
Sherman, under whom he had served during the Civil War as a first
lieutenant in the Ninth Indiana Cavalry.

The age of the tree is unknown. It is estimated by those who have made a
study of the subject as between 3,000 and 4,000 years. During this time
it has withstood the ravages of countless fires, and, though greatly
damaged, it has continued to flourish, and today produces thousands of
cones bearing fertile seed from which many seedlings have been grown.

The results of the fire damage are seen in the great wounds at the base
of the tree. Through repeated fires the sap-pumping system has been
damaged, and portions of the top have died; only 40 percent of live wood
is in contact with the ground. The Sequoia, however, has such
recuperative power that in time these fire scars will be completely
healed.

The dimensions of this tree are as follows:

                                _Feet_
Height above mean base          272.4
Base circumference              101.6
Greatest base diameter           36.5
Mean base diameter               32.7
Diameter 60 feet above ground    17.5
Diameter 120 feet above ground   17.0
Height of largest branch        130.0
Diameter of largest branch        6.8

For years there have been rival claims by various localities for the
honor of possessing the largest tree in the world. To settle these
claims the California State Chamber of Commerce and Fresno County
Chamber of Commerce conducted, in 1931, a tree-measuring expedition in
Sequoia and General Grant National Parks and vicinity.

[Illustration: GENERAL SHERMAN, THE KING OF THE SEQUOIAS]

The result of the work of several engineers gave the following
comparative volumes of the trunks of the four largest trees measured,
exclusive of limbs:

                            _Board feet_

  General Sherman Tree          600,120
  General Grant Tree            542,784
  Boole Tree                    496,728
  Hart Tree                     410,952

The General Sherman Tree was shown to contain 57,336 board feet more in
volume than its nearest competitor and the King of the Sequoias retained
his crown.

=_The Chimney Trees._=--There are two well-known Chimney Trees, one
being on the east side of Sherman Creek close to the trail from Sherman
Tree to Alta Peak, which is now the best preserved. The other Chimney
Tree is at the northeast end of Crescent Meadow and was badly burned
several years ago through the carelessness of somebody who left a
campfire burning. The Chimney Tree near Sherman Camp is a remarkable
example of vitality, as it is thrusting out new branches despite the
fact that its vitals are eaten away by fire.

=_The Black Chamber._=--This is probably the most notable example of
vitality on the part of a Sequoia in the forest. About one-thirtieth of
the bark remains, and the whole interior has been eaten away by fire;
nevertheless, the tree still lives and thrusts out new branches each
year. It is located along the Crescent Meadow Road.


OTHER FAMOUS TREES

=_Washington._=--Very impressive as to size.

=_Abe Lincoln._=--Thirty-one feet in diameter, 259 feet high, a rugged,
ancient-looking tree.

=_Auto Log._=--A huge fallen giant upon which an auto may be driven with
ease and safety.

=_William McKinley._=--Twenty-eight feet in diameter, 291 feet high.

=_The President._=--Twenty-nine feet in diameter, 250.2 feet high, wider
at 120 than at 60 feet.

=_Keyhole._=--Burned out "keyholes."

=_Room Tree._=--Cavernous room within a standing tree.

=_Stricken Tree._=--Rent by lightning, but still alive.

=_Window Tree._=--Filigree appearance and many windows.

=_Chief Sequoyah._=--Old with huge burls.

=_Black Arch._=--Trail leads through charred, living giant.

=_Roosevelt Tree._=--One of the most perfect in the forest.

=_Pershing Tree._=--Named for Gen. John J. Pershing, has very richly
colored bark.

=_Cloister._=--Four trees in a square.

=_Pillars of Hercules._=--Trail leads between two standing giants.

=_Bear's Bathtub._=--A cavity between two trees, containing water,
frequented by bears.


ORIGIN OF THE NAME "SEQUOIA"

The naming of the Big Trees of California "Sequoia" is a fitting tribute
to that native American, a Cherokee Indian, who spelled his name
Se-quo-yah. An uneducated, non-English-speaking Indian, he perfected a
phonetic alphabet of 86 symbols with a character representing every
sound in the tongue of his tribe. It was said that with this alphabet,
sometimes characterized as one of the greatest ever invented, a Cherokee
child might learn to read and write the Cherokee language in a few days,
and that within a remarkably short time after the official acceptance of
the alphabet by the tribe every one of its members was able to read and
write.

The change brought about in the Cherokee Tribe by the introduction of
this means of expressing thought on paper was equally remarkable. A
printing press was established, type made of the various symbols, and
the news of the day printed in two newspapers. Their laws were printed
in Sequoyah's alphabet, and also the Gospels and many other books both
useful and interesting to the Cherokee people, who thus made rapid
advance in general knowledge and in civilization.


THE GROVES

The Sequoias are sometimes found in groups or groves. Such is the number
of those near Giant Forest that it is scarcely an exaggeration to say
that many other known groves of the Big Trees in California might be
hidden in the Sequoia National Park and pass unnoticed. The principal
groves easily reached in Giant Forest are the Parker Group, Congress
Grove, Amphitheater Group, Founders' Group, and Huckleberry Meadow
Grove. There are 32 distinct groves or areas of Big Trees in the park.

Descriptions of the Big Trees and of the other forest trees are found in
two pamphlets, The Secret of the Big Trees and The Forests of Yosemite,
Sequoia, and General Grant National Parks. These are for sale at the
naturalist's office for 5 and 10 cents, respectively.


FISHING

Persons desiring to fish in the waters of the Sequoia National Park must
secure a fishing license, as required by the laws of California. These
laws provide that every person over the age of 18 who obtains fish
without procuring a license is guilty of a misdemeanor. The license fee
for residents is $2; for nonresidents, $3; and for aliens, $5. These
licenses may be obtained from any county clerk, from the State board of
fish and game commissioners, or from the representative of the
commission at the general store in Giant Forest.

Fishing bulletins for the current year pertaining to park fishing
regulations may be obtained at entrance checking stations, park
headquarters, or from rangers.

Park regulations as to daily catch, etc., are identical with those of
the State for the district by which the parks are surrounded, excepting
in some areas where excessive demand necessitates reduction of the daily
limit. Fishermen should obtain special bulletins at the park entrance
stations.

Fishing is permitted in all the streams and lakes of the Sequoia
National Park except in a few waters which are closed in order to
increase the supply of fish. Information as to these closed waters will
be found posted at ranger stations and near the waters.

In the early part of the season excellent fishing may be had in an
hour's hike from Giant Forest. Later in the season it is necessary to go
farther afield, but the skillful angler is generally able to take the
limit.

Rainbow, Loch Leven, eastern brook, German brown, and golden are the
varieties of trout found in the park. The golden trout of Golden Trout
Creek has been introduced into several creeks and has done well.


BATHING

In the Giant Forest district bathing may be enjoyed at Bridge Camp,
Lodgepole Camp, and at Heather Lake. Bathing pools are especially
marked, and on account of the danger of pollution of streams used for
domestic purposes, bathers must confine themselves to designated areas.

The largest pool is located in the upper Lodgepole district.

An excellent bathing pool is available at Hospital Rock Camp, and many
visitors stop here for a plunge en route to Giant Forest.


FREE CAMPGROUNDS

The National Park Service maintains campgrounds for visitors traveling
in their own automobiles. The largest campgrounds are at Giant Forest,
Lodgepole, and Dorst Creek, where water is piped and modern sanitary and
garbage-disposal facilities are furnished at about 600 camp sites.
Camping is limited to 30 days in any area each year.

Inquiries about free public campgrounds should be addressed to the
Superintendent, Sequoia National Park, Calif.


PAY ACCOMMODATIONS

Reservations or inquiries regarding hotel, housekeeping, and pay
auto-camp accommodations should be directed to Giant Forest Lodge,
Sequoia National Park, Calif., specifying, in detail, number of persons,
types of accommodations required, and particular lodge or camp desired.
Telephone or telegraph messages should be sent to Manager, Giant Forest
Lodge, Sequoia National Park.


MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES


POST OFFICE

Visitors to Sequoia should have mail addressed to Sequoia National Park,
Calif. Guests of the Giant Forest Lodge or Camp Kaweah should have their
mail addressed care of either resort, but Sequoia National Park must be
added as the post-office addressed.


TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH SERVICE

There is long-distance telephone and telegraph service from all main
points in Sequoia National Park.

Telegrams should be addressed Sequoia National Park, Calif., bearing in
addition the particular camp or lodge address.


MEDICAL SERVICE

A resident physician is on duty at Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park,
during the summer months, and a small hospital is maintained at Giant
Forest.


RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Both Catholic and Protestant services are held regularly on Sundays
during the summer season. Times and places of all services are announced
on the bulletin boards and at Saturday evening camp fires.


GIANT FOREST LIBRARY

From about June 15 to September 1 a branch of the Tulare County Free
Library is maintained at Giant Forest. Books on subjects related to the
park, especially its history, fauna, flora, etc., are available or will
be secured upon request. In addition, a large library of books on
fiction and nonfiction subjects is maintained.


SPECIAL WINTER ATTRACTIONS

Full winter conditions exist at Lodgepole and at Giant Forest during the
months of December to March, when the Big Trees are surrounded by a
blanket of snow from 2 to 12 feet deep. The snow sports common to
northern climates and resorts are indulged in here during these months.
Skis, toboggans, and snowshoes may be rented from the operating
company, as well as heavy clothing desirable for this climate. The
winter sports have become so popular that it is advisable that
reservations for accommodations be made in advance.

[Illustration: _Cuesta photo._

WINTER MAGIC]

For those who desire to make the day trip only, the National Park
Service maintains public camps or picnic grounds at Beetle Rock. A
ranger is on duty at all times and is anxious to show the park and make
the stay of visitors as enjoyable and profitable as possible.

The operating company issues a leaflet advising people of
accommodations, prices, etc. This can be obtained on application to the
superintendent.

It is always advisable when driving in the mountains during the winter
to carry tire chains, although even in midwinter it is often possible to
drive to the Big Trees without them.

Every effort is made by park authorities to keep the Big Trees
accessible during the winter months. Sequoia Park is now well known as
one of the few places in California where winter vacationists from other
sections of the country may be sure of seeing the giant Sequoias.


OTHER ATTRACTIONS

"Bear Hill" is the name given to the spot near the incinerator, where
many bears gather to feed daily. The best time to see them is from noon
to 7 p. m., when an attendant is on hand, but they are frequently there
throughout the day. A ranger naturalist gives a 10-minute talk daily on
the habits and characteristics of the bears. The road to Bear Hill
branches from the Moro Road near the new village site.

[Illustration: _Padilla Studios photo._

SKIING PARTY LEAVING CAMP KAWEAH]

Tharp Cabin, in Log Meadow, one-half mile from end of auto road at
Crescent Meadow, may also be reached by Circle and Congress Trails from
Alta Trail. This hollow Sequoia log was occupied by Hale Tharp, Three
Rivers pioneer and discoverer of Giant Forest in 1858. John Muir stayed
several days in this unique "house in a log" in 1875 and has
immortalized the "noble den", as he called it, and the surrounding
Sequoias and meadows in his book, _Our National Parks_. The cabin is
maintained in its original condition and constitutes an interesting
museum.


MUSEUM, LECTURE, AND TRAIL GUIDE SERVICE

The National Park Service encourages all forms of outdoor activities,
but special attention is paid to fostering a knowledge of the wildlife
and natural beauty which the parks were created to preserve. At Giant
Forest a small collection of specimens is on display at the naturalist's
office during the summer season for the enjoyment of visitors. Lectures
given daily by ranger naturalists at Sherman Tree, Moro Rock, and
elsewhere present facts of interest at these stations.

The park naturalist is in charge of the guide service. During the summer
months camp-fire lectures are given and trail hikes and automobile
caravans are conducted. Both half-day and all-day trips are taken, with
variety enough to cover all types of interest. Giant Forest
Administration Building is the headquarters of this increasingly popular
service.

The Giant Forest Lodge campfire is held every night at the lodge under
the Sequoias, where community singing, nature and historical talks,
music, and general entertainment are provided. This is free to the
public, and all visitors are invited to participate.

The Park Service conducts similar programs at Sunset and Lodgepole Camps
every evening. Park visitors are cordially invited to assist in making
these programs a success by contribution of their talents.

Following the campfires, the dance hall is open every evening, except
Sunday, from about the middle of June until September 1.

The social life at Giant Forest is one of the great attractions and
holds many people beyond the time allotted for the visit. The average
population is about 3,000 people.


THE TRAILS

One of the most pleasing features of Giant Forest is the number of
forest trails leading from it that afford interesting half-day or
all-day excursions. Perhaps nowhere else is it possible to hike so
easily for hours through such forests of sequoia, pine, and fir. Many of
the trails are oiled to eliminate dust. The trail system is well signed,
and the map in this pamphlet is used by many as a guide. It would be
impossible to enumerate all the points of attraction or combination
trips which can be made. New ones are opened every year. The following
are the principal trails and attractions:

=_Alta Trail._=--Nine miles from Giant Forest to Alta Peak (11,211
feet); passes through the Plateau of the Giant Trees and Panther,
Mehrten, and Alta Meadows. The view from Alta Peak has been pronounced
by members of the Sierra Club as fine as any in the California
mountains. It is the nearest point to Giant Forest from which Mount
Whitney may be seen. Horses may be ridden to the summit. Alta Meadows is
a delightful place to camp. A full day should be allowed for this trip.

=_Trail of the Sequoias._=--Connects the High Sierra Trail from the
saddle near Crescent Meadow, 3.7 miles to the Alta Trail, and passes
through Big Tree groves rarely seen by the public before the opening of
this trail.

=_Circle, Crescent, and Congress Trails._=--All lead from the Alta Trail
through the thickest Sequoia forests to meadows and mammoth trees within
2 miles of Giant Forest. From 2 hours to 2 days could be spent covering
this area.

[Illustration: YOUNG VISITORS EXAMINING THE ANNULAR RINGS OF A BIG
TREE]

=_Soldier and Bear Hill Trails._=--Lead from Giant Forest, 2 miles to
Moro Rock, passing near the Parker Group and past the Roosevelt Tree,
Hanging Rock, and other points. A half-day stroll.

=_Sugar Pine Trail._=--From Moro Rock, 1 1/2 miles along the plateau
edge to Crescent Meadow and Kaweah Vista, with side trip to Bobcat
Point.

=_Twin Lakes Trail._=--From Lodgepole Camp, 5 miles to Clover Creek, and
2 miles farther to Twin Lakes, famous for unsurpassed scenic setting at
9,750 feet, and for good trout fishing. Several hundred feet above Twin
Lakes on Silliman Shoulder is one of the finest panoramas of mountain
scenery in the world. A day is well spent on this trail.

=_The Watchtower and Heather Lake Trails._=--These two trails lead to
major scenic spots. From the Watchtower there is a 2,000-foot drop to
Tokopah Valley; and Heather, Emerald, and Aster Lakes are mountain
jewels on the west slopes of Alta Peak. All of these trips may be made
from Giant Forest in half a day, although it is preferable to allow a
full day for them. Ranger naturalists conduct nature hikes to these
points during the summer.

=_The High Sierra Trail._=--This trail, one of the finest mountain
routes in America, extends from the Big Trees of the Giant Forest to the
summit of Mount Whitney (14,494.7 feet), the highest mountain in
continental United States. In Sequoia National Park the largest trees in
the world are now linked by a splendid trail to the highest mountain
peak in the country.

The main features along the High Sierra Trail, with distances shown from
Giant Forest, are: Bearpaw Meadow, 12 miles, with view of waterfalls,
great cliffs, and River Valley; Hamilton Lake, 16 miles, conceded by
those who know the Sierra Nevada to be the "cream of Sierran scenery";
Hamilton Gorge suspension bridge, 18 miles; Kaweah Gap, 20 miles, with
expansive views of Kaweah peaks and main crest of the Sierra Nevada, as
well as the Big Arroyo immediately below; Moraine Lake, 30 miles; Kern
Canyon at Funston Meadows, 34 1/2 miles; Kern Hot Springs, 37 miles;
Junction Meadow, 44 miles; Crabtree Meadow, 54 1/2 miles; Mount Whitney
summit, 62 miles. From the summit of Mount Whitney there are 13 miles of
trail down the east side to end of automobile road, at Whitney Portal,
16 miles from the town of Lone Pine.

Meals and comfortable beds may be obtained at reasonable rates at the
outpost station located at Ibex Meadow, making a trip possible to the
summit of Mount Whitney and return from the east side without the
necessity of packing heavy supplies and equipment.


FAUNA AND FLORA

=_California mule deer._=--So-called because of their large ears. They
are abundant everywhere and often tame near campgrounds.

=_American black bear._=--Found throughout the park and are very
plentiful at Giant Forest during the spring and early summer months,
where several at one time may be seen at the Bear Hill. These bears are
not ferocious, and under all ordinary circumstances will run from man.
Young of the same litter often vary in color from cinnamon to brown or
black. Visitors must not feed the bears. They are fed daily from camp
garbage.

[Illustration: HAMILTON LAKE WITH PRECIPITOUS PEAKS IN BACKGROUND

_Padilla Studios photo._]

[Illustration]

[Illustration: MOTHER BEAR WITH HER TWO CUBS]

=_Columbia gray squirrel._=--A delight to the eye as it dashes across a
road or trail, a blue-gray furry vision that at times appears to be all
tail--the largest squirrel.

=_Douglas squirrel or Sierra chickaree._=--Very abundant and thrusts
itself upon the public by its quarrelsome and scolding disposition.
About two-thirds the size of the gray squirrel, and gray-brown in color.

=_Chipmunks of several species._=--The Alpine, Sierra Nevada, and
Sequoia are abundant everywhere in the pine and Sequoia. They become
very tame and steal from campers' tables or food supplies.

=_Sierra golden-mantled ground squirrel._=--Often mistakenly called a
chipmunk and having much the same habits. At Giant Forest it is as
abundant as the chipmunk and may be distinguished by its golden color
and larger size.

=_California Valley ground squirrel._=--Has recently arrived at Giant
Forest, but it is not plentiful enough to do damage.

In addition to the above, marmots, mountain lions, wildcats, mountain
beaver, coyotes, foxes, trade rats, and other animals are found in the
park. Information about them may be had at ranger stations, the museum,
or the superintendent's office.

The birds commonly noticed by visitors near Giant Forest are the blue
fronted or stellar jay, western tanager, western robin, chickadee,
junco, red-shafted flicker, white-headed woodpecker, several warblers,
sparrows, and finches. The golden eagle and the red-tailed hawk are
sometimes seen from Moro Rock. A list of all the birds may be obtained
at the Giant Forest Administration Building.

Even a slight acquaintance with the park flora will vastly increase the
pleasure of your visit, and park rangers will gladly answer inquiries.

The trees most noticed near Giant Forest are the Big Trees, sugar pine,
yellow pine, white and red fir; the western white pine and the lodgepole
pine are found higher up; the incense cedar is abundant; lower down are
many varieties of oak, maple, and other hardwoods.

Among shrubs and bushes, the many kinds of sweet-scented ceanothus or
deer brush, manzanita, chokecherry, chinquapin, and dogwood are most
noticed.

The flowers which by their profusion and brilliancy most attract
attention are, among myriads, the lupine, yucca, goldenrod, shooting
star, ragwort, Queen Ann's lace, bears clover, false hellebore, many
gilias, pentstemons, and monkey flowers.


KERN CANYON AND MOUNT WHITNEY

The entire upper watershed of the Kern River, and the widely known Kern
Canyon, added to the park in 1926, is a spectacular area containing the
roughest and loftiest peaks of the entire Sierra Nevada, with Mount
Whitney at 14,494.7 feet elevation, the highest point in continental
United States, only barely thrusting its head above many others of
nearly equal height. In the center of this mass of mountain wonderland
is the Kern Canyon, with its colorful walls 3,000 feet high extending
north and south 25 miles. Hot springs and mineral springs are added
attractions, while fishing is unsurpassed anywhere in the Sierra. A
minimum of 2 weeks for a trip either by pack or foot is necessary
adequately to cover the wonders of this region, but it may be reached in
1 day from Mineral King to Kern Canyon Station (Camp Lewis or Soda
Springs). The new High Sierra Trail has linked the Big Trees of Giant
Forest to the Kern Canyon by a graded trail. It is a good 2-day journey
from Giant Forest to Kern Canyon.


MOUNTAINEERING

The peaks of the Sierra Nevada and Great Western Divide, as well as the
Kaweah Peaks, in Sequoia National Park, offer excellent opportunities
for mountaineering. Devotees of this greatest of outdoor sports are
visiting the park in increasing numbers. Those interested in
mountaineering in the park should communicate with the Sierra Club.
Members of that club have made some notable ascents and are fully
conversant with the technique of climbing in the Sierra of California.

Among the high peaks in the park, many of them over 14,000 feet, which
offer opportunities for mountaineering may be mentioned Mount Whitney,
highest in the United States outside of Alaska, Muir, Langley, Russell,
Tyndall, Williamson, Junction, Stanford, Table, Milestone, Kaweah,
Sawtooth, and Silliman.

[Illustration: THE VALHALLA AS SEEN FROM THE HIGH SIERRA TRAIL

_Padilla Studios photo._]

Of the approximately 60 peaks in the United States over 14,000 feet, 13
are in California; and of these, 6--Whitney, Muir, Langley, Russell,
Barnard, and Tyndall--are in Sequoia National Park.

Information about mountaineering may be obtained by applying to the
superintendent of the park, or at any ranger station therein. Full
information about equipment and types of climbs may be obtained by
writing to the secretary of the Sierra Club, Mills Tower, San Francisco.


PACK TRIPS TO HIGH SIERRA

Many inquiries are received relative to hiking and pack trips in the
Sierra within and adjacent to the Sequoia National Park. The following
information about maps, trails, camps, routes, etc., will be useful to
prospective visitors; but in view of the wild nature of the territory
and inaccuracy of existing maps, the information must be accepted with
reservations.

The country from the Sequoia National Park to Yosemite National Park is
shown on the United States Geological Survey quadrangles: Kaweah,
Tehipite, Mount Whitney, Olancha, Mount Morrison, Mount Goddard, Bishop,
Mount Lyell, Kaiser, and Yosemite. The John Muir Trail crosses parts of
these quadrangles. Maps of these areas are based on surveys made from 15
to 25 years ago, with only slight corrections since, and the trails and
other artificial features have undergone many changes. These maps may be
obtained from the United States Geological Survey, Washington, D. C., or
from the superintendent, Sequoia National Park, Calif., at 10 cents
each. The parts of the maps of the Tehipite, Kaweah, Mount Whitney, and
Olancha quadrangles included within the Sequoia National Park are
printed on a single sheet, which may be obtained for 25 cents from the
chief ranger, or at the Giant Forest naturalist's office.

Sequoia National Park and the area surrounding it includes a region of
as great diversity and wild grandeur as any area of equal size in
America. Here are more than 75 peaks over 11,000 feet in elevation, of
which 7 are more than 14,000 feet, 35 over 13,000 feet, and 20 more than
12,000 feet high. Here are at least 200 high mountain lakes, and over
300 miles of streams containing the famous golden and Kern River rainbow
trout. Good mountain trails traverse this area and lead to the
outstanding points of interest.

Camping places and fenced pastures are available, so that parties may
make camp in comfortable places that also provide adequate facilities
for the horses.

Pack outfits start for the high mountains during the season. Packing
into the High Sierra starts from Giant Forest and Hospital Rock Camps in
the park, from points near the park such as at Three Rivers, the Maxon
Ranch, and Mineral King, from points in the national forests both north
and south, and from Owens Valley towns to the east.

Giant Forest, elevation 6,500 feet, because of its excellent
accommodations and general activities of a mountain resort, is becoming
more popular each year as a point of departure for the High Sierra.
Automobiles left at Giant Forest will be cared for by the park operators
and canvas covers furnished.

Main trails lead north from Giant Forest via J. O. Pass to the Kings
Canyon, Roaring River, and Sugarloaf districts north of the park; east
and south via High Sierra Trail or Redwood Meadows to the Kern Canyon
and Mount Whitney in the park; by either Kaweah Gap or Black Rock Pass
to the Big Arroyo or by Timber Gap to Mineral King and a choice of
trails southward to the Kern River in the lower canyon.

Three Rivers, on the paved highway and a few miles below the park
entrance, is the local center for packers and guides to the High Sierra.
There are hotel accommodations, stores, and post office located here.

Mineral King, 7,800 feet elevation, 32 miles above Three Rivers by
mountain road, is in the Sequoia National Forest, which here forms an
indentation from the south into the park area. It is a center for pack
outfits and guides and an excellent place from which to leave for Kern
Canyon, Mount Whitney, and the High Sierra. There are limited hotel
accommodations, a store, and post office.

Lone Pine and Independence, on the east side of the Sierra on the
Midland Trail, are centers for pack outfits. Good hotels, stores,
garages, and other conveniences are available at these and other towns
in the Owens Valley.


KERN RIVER CANYON

From Giant Forest the Kern is best reached by way of the High Sierra
Trail to Hamilton Lake or Big Arroyo, first day; Moraine Lake or Funston
Meadow in Kern Canyon, second day.

From Mineral King to the Kern there are several alternative routes, and
the trip may be made by way of Franklin Pass and Rattlesnake Creek in 1
long day; or Franklin Pass and Soda Creek; or by Farewell Gap, Rifle
Creek, and Coyote Pass. It is 1 long day or 2 easy days from Mineral
King to the Kern by either Franklin or Coyote Passes.


KERN RIVER CANYON TO KINGS RIVER CANYON

The trail generally used in the past between these canyons is not shown
on the United States Geological Survey topographic map, but passed
through Shepherd and Junction Passes east of Junction Peak to the
headwaters of the Kings at Center Basin. This has been replaced by a new
trail direct from Tyndall Creek to Center Basin, passing just west of
Junction Peak over Foresters Pass. It is known as the John Muir Trail
Cut-off. In addition to this route, there is a rough but passable trail
from Junction Meadow, near the head of the Kern Canyon, via the
Kern-Kaweah River and Colby Pass to Cloud Canyon and the Roaring River
section of the Kings.


KINGS RIVER CANYON

At an elevation of 6,600 feet, General Grant National Park and places
nearby at Hume and Big Meadow are points of departure for the Kings
Canyon, Sugarloaf, and Roaring River areas. The most direct routes to
these areas are from this park. Good hotel and camping facilities, post
office, stores, telephone, and telegraph, repair shops, etc., are
located in General Grant National Park.

From the Kings Canyon main trails lead out as follows: Up Copper Creek
and via Granite Basin to Simpson Meadow (and down the Middle Fork to
Tehipite Valley and Dome), north from Simpson Meadow to John Muir Trail,
and over Muir Pass via LeConte Canyon to Yosemite; up Paradise Valley to
Woods Creek and John Muir Trail over Pinchot Pass to the upper basin of
the South Fork of the Kings River; up Bubbs Creek to intersection with
John Muir Trail, or over Kearsarge Pass to the Owens Valley, or via
Center Basin, Junction, and Shepherd Passes to the Kern Canyon.


SUGARLOAF AND ROARING RIVER

This fine scenic area is covered from Giant Forest via J. O. Pass or
Silliman Pass entrances to the park, Rowell Meadow, Sugarloaf Meadow,
Scaffold Meadow, up Deadman Canyon to Elizabeth Pass, to Bearpaw Meadow,
and to Giant Forest.


THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL

The John Muir Trail from Mount Whitney, in the Sequoia National Park, to
the Yosemite Valley, in the Yosemite Park, is not clearly defined for
all of the way on existing maps, but information concerning it may be
secured by writing to the superintendent.


MOUNT WHITNEY

From the Kern, Mount Whitney is reached either by the new Wallace Creek
or Golden Trout Creek Trails. The Wallace Creek Trail leaves the Kern
Canyon about a mile and a half north of the mouth of Junction Meadow.
The Golden Trout Trail leaves the lower end of the canyon near Kern
Canyon Ranger Station. At Camp Lewis, near the Kern Canyon Station
entrance to the park, is a small resort, with store and accommodations,
and telephone communication.

An outpost tourist camp is maintained at Ibex Meadow on Lone Pine Creek,
and a special 3-day round trip from Lone Pine to Mount Whitney and
return is provided by a Lone Pine packing outfit. Arrangements have also
been made by the same packer for an all-expense trip from Los Angeles
and return. Lone Pine may be reached by automobile from the San Joaquin
Valley at Bakersfield, or direct from Los Angeles through Mojave.


PERMITTED PACKERS

All packers expecting to conduct parties through the Sequoia National
Park should obtain a permit from the superintendent. Parties may then be
taken through the park, subject to the National Park Service rules and
regulations. Business may only be solicited within the park by the
Sequoia & General Grant National Parks Co. (Earl McKee, Three Rivers,
Calif.).


ACCOMMODATIONS

The following is a general scale of rates for accommodations, subject to
change upon approval by the Secretary of the Interior. A detailed
schedule of rates may be procured upon application to the superintendent
of the park, the Sequoia & General Grant National Parks Co., at the
station upon entrance to the park, or travel bureaus.

American plan--Rate includes room and three meals.

European plan--Rate includes room only, with extra charge for meals as
taken.

Housekeeping--Rate includes furnished cabin or bungalow tent room with
equipment for preparation of meals by occupant.

American-plan and housekeeping accommodations are available in the park
throughout the year. Giant Forest Lodge, Camp Kaweah, and Pinewood
Shelter Camp are open from May 25 to September 8. Giant Forest Winter
Camp (American plan and housekeeping) opens September 8 and closes May
25. Hospital Rock Camp (European plan and housekeeping) is open all the
year. For week ends and holidays, American-plan reservations should be
made in advance. Reservations for housekeeping accommodations are always
necessary, and a $5 deposit should accompany each request for a
housekeeping camp. Address the Sequoia & General Grant National Parks
Co., Sequoia National Park, Calif.

At Giant Forest Lodge, a colony of rustic cabins under the Big Trees
with a central community group for meals, campfire entertainment, etc.,
the rates range from $5 a day each for two persons in a room without
bath to $8 for one person in a 1-room cabin with private bath. There is
no charge for children under 3; half rates for those up to 11. The rates
for meals only are 75 cents for breakfast, $1 for luncheon, and $1.25
for dinner. Discounts for longer stays.

Camp Kaweah, situated opposite the village store, is comprised of
bungalow tents and rustic cabins grouped around a central building
containing bathrooms and other modern conveniences. They are completely
equipped for housekeeping, including linen and the laundering of the
same. By the day, the cost ranges from $2 for one person and $3 for two
persons to $4.50 for five persons in a camp. By the week, the cost
ranges from $12 for one person and $16.50 for two persons to $27 for
five persons in a camp. Children under 3 years of age, no charge.
European-plan accommodations are also available here at a cost ranging
from $2 for one person to $1.25 each per day for three in a room.
Children 3 to 10 years, half rate on European-plan accommodations.

Pinewood Shelter Camp is about a mile from Giant Forest on the Generals
Highway. For 1 or for 2 persons a cabin costs $1.50 a day; each
additional person, 50 cents. These cabins are not equipped with bedding
or cooking utensils, but such articles may be rented at the camp if
desired.

Hospital Rock Camp, on the Generals Highway, about midway between Ash
Mountain entrance and Giant Forest, offers housekeeping accommodations
at the same rates as those for Pinewood Shelter Camp. Supplies may be
purchased at the central building, where there is also a lunch counter.

European-plan accommodations may also be obtained at the rate of $2 for
1 person, $1.50 each for 2, $1.25 each for 3 or more in a room.

Bearpaw Meadow Camp, along the High Sierra Trail, 11 1/2 miles from
Giant Forest, provides meals and tent accommodations for hikers and
horseback riders. Lodging per person, $1.50 per night. All meals, $1
each.

Giant Forest Winter Camp offers both American plan and housekeeping
accommodations as well as a coffee shop, a la carte service, at
reasonable rates.

A colony of sealed rustic cabins at Camp Kaweah has been constructed
especially for winter use. Rates, American plan, are from $5 a day each
for 2 persons in a room, without bath, to $8 a day for 1 person in a
room, with private bath. Meals: Breakfast, 75 cents; lunch and dinner,
$1 each. Children: Under 3, no charge; 3 to 10, inclusive, half rate.
For housekeeping cabins: 1 person in room, 2 days or less, $2.50 per
day; more than 2 days, $2 each per day; per week, $12. Two persons, 2
days or less, $2 each per day; more than 2 days, $1.50 each per day; per
week, $9 each. Three or more persons, 2 days or less, $1.50 each per
day; more than 2 days, $1.25 each per day; per week, $7 each.
Housekeeping cabins, partially equipped, are available at the rates
given for Pinewood Shelter Camp.

Winter sports equipment and wearing apparel may be rented by the hour or
day.


TRANSPORTATION AND SPECIAL TOURS

The Sequoia and General Grant National Parks Co. operates an auto stage
daily from June 10 to September 10 over a Circle Tour route, in one
direction only from Fresno, Visalia, and Exeter through both Sequoia and
General Grant National Parks. Stage leaves Fresno 8:15 a. m., passing
through Visalia and Exeter, arriving at Giant Forest, Sequoia National
Park, about 12:15 p. m. Stage leaves Giant Forest about 1:45 p. m. for
return trip to Fresno by way of General Grant National Park over the
spectacular new Generals Highway arriving at Fresno 6:30 p. m. Fare for
round trip from Fresno, Exeter, or Visalia, $10.

For the convenience of visitors in planning their trip a 2-day all
expense tour called "Two National Parks in Two Days" is featured over
this route. This tour provides an overnight stop at Giant Forest Lodge,
Sequoia National Park, with all meals and lodging, a sightseeing trip in
Giant Forest, sightseeing stop in General Grant National Park, and
complete transportation in connection with stage schedule outlined
above. Fare for 2-day all expense tour, $17.50. There is a shorter trip
of 1 day and also hotel bus service. Regular and special sightseeing
trips are available in Sequoia National Park and over the Generals
Highway to General Grant National Park and the Kings River Canyon at
reasonable rates.

From September 11 to June 9 "On Call" service by advance reservation is
provided from Visalia and Exeter to Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park,
and return the same route.


HORSEBACK TRIPS

The park's 700 miles of trails are a challenge to visitors, and
horseback riding is a favorite way of enjoying them. Saddle horses are
rented by the Sequoia and General Grant National Parks Co. to
experienced riders without guides for use in the areas between the
Sherman Tree and Moro Rock at $2.50 a half day and $4 a day. A burro may
be had for 25 cents an hour or $1.50 a day. For a minimum party of four
persons, half-day trips will be made to the following places at a cost
of $3 each: Through Giant Forest, Keyhole Tree, High Pine, Abe Lincoln
Tree, Congress Circle, Bear's Bathtub, Huckleberry Meadow, John Muir's
Home, and many other places of special interest.

For parties of four persons or more, 1-day horseback trips at a cost of
$4 each may be made to Alta Peak for views of Kaweah Canyon, the Great
Western Divide, and Mount Whitney, and to Twin Lakes and Heather Lake.
For smaller parties, the charge is slightly more.

A 3-day all-expense trip to Bearpaw Meadow and surroundings can be
arranged.


HIGH SIERRA PACK TRIPS

The park is the starting point for the best of California's High Sierra
country, including such famous regions as Kings River Canyon, Kearsarge
Pass, Kern River Canyon, and Mount Whitney. For a trip of less than 4
days, saddle horses or packing mules will cost $2 a day; 4 days or more
$1.50 a day. The services of guides and packers $5 a day. Cooks cost $6
a day. Pack donkeys, including outfits, $1.50 a day; $7 a week. Outdoor
clothing and equipment, such as riding breeches, blankets, dunnage bags,
and the like, may be rented at Giant Forest.

This booklet is issued once a year, and the rates mentioned herein may
have changed slightly since issuance, but the latest rates approved by
the Secretary of the Interior are on file with the superintendent.


GENERAL GRANT NATIONAL PARK

In close proximity is General Grant National Park. Although its area is
small, only 4 square miles, it contains two magnificent groves of big
trees, including the famous General Grant Tree, dedicated several years
ago as the Nation's Christmas Tree. The visitor will miss a treat unless
he takes the loop around the two parks by way of the Generals Highway.

Services and accommodations similar to those at Sequoia are available.

A circular of information on General Grant National Park is published by
the National Park Service and may be obtained at either park
headquarters.

[Illustration: WINTER SCENE IN GENERAL GRANT NATIONAL PARK

_Roberts photo._]


REFERENCES


  ALBRIGHT, HORACE M., and TAYLOR, FRANK J. Oh, Ranger! A book about
    the national parks. Illustrated.

  CAMPBELL AND ABBOT. Report of the Smithsonian Institution for 1910.

  EVERMANN, BARTON W. The Golden Trout of the Southern High Sierra.
    Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries, vol. 25, for 1925.

  FARQUHAR, FRANCIS P. Exploration of the Sierra Nevada. California
    Historical Society Quarterly. Vol. IV, 1925.

  ---- Place Names of the High Sierra. Sierra Club, San Francisco,
    Calif. 1926.

  FROTHINGHAM, ROBERT. Trails Through the Golden West. Robert M. McBride
    & Co., New York.

  FRY, WALTER, and WHITE, JOHN R. The Big Trees. A book about the
    Sequoias. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif. 1930.
    Illustrated.

  HALL, ANSEL F. Guide to Sequoia and General Grant National Parks.
    1930. Illustrated.

  JEFFERS, LE ROY. The Call of the Mountains. 282 pp. Illustrated. Dodd,
    Mead & Co. 1922. The Kings and Kern River Regions on pp. 155-173.

  JEPSON, W. L. The Silva of California. Memoirs of the University of
    California, vol. 2, 1910. 480 pp. Illustrated.

  ---- The Trees of California. 1923. 228 pp. Illustrated.

  KELLEY, EDGEMOND, and CHICK. Three Scout Naturalists in the National
    Parks. A book by three Eagle Scouts who made a 12,000-mile trip
    through the western national parks.

  KING, CLARENCE. Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada.

  LAWSON, ANDREW C. Geomorphogeny of the Upper Kern Basin. University
    Press. Berkeley, Calif. 1904.

  LANGLEY, S. P. Researches on Solar Heat. A Report of the Mount Whitney
    Expedition. Prof. Papers of the Signal Service, No. 15, 1884.

  LECONTE, JOSEPH N. The High Sierra of California--Alpina Americana.
    Published by the American Alpine Club, Philadelphia, Pa. 1907.

  MUIR, JOHN. Our National Parks. 1909. 382 pp. Illustrated. Sequoia and
    General Grant National Parks on pp. 268-330.

  MILLS, ENOS A. Your National Parks. 532 pp. Illustrated. Houghton
    Mifflin Co., 1917. Sequoia and General Grant National Parks on pp.
    99-115, 455-459.

  ROLFE, MARY A. Our National Parks, Book Two. A supplementary reader on
    the national parks for fifth and sixth grade students. Benj. H.
    Sanborn & Co., Chicago. 1928.

  SIERRA CLUB BULLETIN. Published by the Sierra Club, San Francisco,
    Calif.

  STEWART, GEORGE W. Big Trees of the Giant Forest. A book about the Big
    Trees of Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park. A. M. Robertson, San
    Francisco.

  WHITE, STEWART EDWARD. The Pass. The Mountains.

  WRIGHT, DIXON, and THOMPSON. Fauna of the National Parks. Government
    Printing Office, Washington, D. C. Price 20 cents.

  WILSON, HERBERT EARL. The Lore and the Lure of Sequoia. Wolfer
    Printing Co., Los Angeles, Calif. 1928.

  YARD, ROBERT STERLING. The Top of the Continent. 1917. 244 pp.
    Scribners. Sequoia National Park on pp. 188-212.

   ---- The Book of the National Parks. 444 pp. Illustrated. Scribners.
    1926. Sequoia and General Grant National Parks on pp. 69-92.



DO YOU KNOW YOUR NATIONAL PARKS?


  ACADIA, MAINE.--Combination of mountain and seacoast scenery.
    Established 1919; 24.08 square miles.

  BRYCE CANYON, UTAH.--Canyons filled with exquisitely colored
    pinnacles. Established 1928; 55.06 square miles.

  CARLSBAD CAVERNS, N. MEX.--Beautifully decorated limestone caverns
    believed largest in the world. Established 1930; 15.56 square miles.

  CRATER LAKE, OREG.--Astonishingly beautiful lake in crater of extinct
    volcano. Established 1902; 250.52 square miles.

  GENERAL GRANT, CALIF.--Celebrated General Grant Tree and grove of Big
    Trees. Established 1890; 3.96 square miles.

  GLACIER, MONT.--Unsurpassed alpine scenery; 200 lakes; 60 glaciers.
    Established 1910; 1,533.88 square miles.

  GRAND CANYON, ARIZ.--World's greatest example of erosion. Established
    1919; 1,009.08 square miles.

  GRAND TETON, WYO.--Most spectacular portion of Teton Mountains.
    Established 1929; 150 square miles.

  GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, N. C.-TENN.--Massive mountain uplift covered
    with magnificent forests. Established for protection 1930; 617
    square miles.

  HAWAII: ISLANDS OF HAWAII AND MAUI.--Volcanic areas of great interest,
    including Kilauea, famous for frequent spectacular outbursts.
    Established 1916; 245 square miles.

  HOT SPRINGS, ARK.--Forty-seven hot springs reserved by the Federal
    Government in 1832 to prevent exploitation of waters. Made national
    park in 1921; 1.58 square miles.

  LASSEN VOLCANIC, CALIF.--Only recently active volcano in continental
    United States. Established 1916; 163.32 square miles.

  MAMMOTH CAVE, KY.--Interesting caverns, including spectacular onyx
    cave formation. Established for protection 1936; 38.34 square miles.

  MESA VERDE, COLO.--Most notable cliff dwellings in United States.
    Established 1906; 80.21 square miles.

  MOUNT MCKINLEY, ALASKA.--Highest mountain in North America.
    Established 1917; 3,030.46 square miles.

  MOUNT RAINIER, WASH.--Largest accessible single-peak glacier system.
    Established 1899; 377.78 square miles.

  PLATT, OKLA.--Sulphur and other springs. Established 1902; 1.33 square
    miles.

  ROCKY MOUNTAIN, COLO.--Peaks from 11,000 to 14,255 feet in heart of
    Rockies. Established 1915; 405.33 square miles.

  SEQUOIA, CALIF.--General Sherman, largest and perhaps oldest tree in
    the world; outstanding groves of Sequoia gigantea. Established 1890;
    604 square miles.

  SHENANDOAH, VA.--Outstanding scenic area in Virginia section of Blue
    Ridge. Established 1935; 275.81 square miles.

  WIND CAVE, S. DAK.--Beautiful cavern of peculiar formations. No
    stalactites or stalagmites. Established 1903; 18.47 square miles.

  YELLOWSTONE, WYO.-MONT.-IDAHO.--World's greatest geyser area and an
    outstanding game preserve. Established 1872; 3,471.51 square miles.

  YOSEMITE, CALIF.--Valley of world-famous beauty; spectacular
    waterfalls; magnificent High Sierra country. Established 1890;
    1,176.16 square miles.

  ZION, UTAH.--Beautiful Zion Canyon 1,500 to 2,500 feet deep.
    Spectacular coloring. Established 1919; 148.26 square miles.

[Illustration: AREAS ADMINISTERED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE]



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Transcriber's note:

  Frenso has been corrected to Fresno. The new text is: via either Visalia
  or Fresno.

  Inconsistent hyphenation has been left as in the original text.





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