Hiking in the Giant Forest

This past weekend, my family went out of town to Kingsburg, CA. Kingsburg is a tiny Swedish city just an hour away from our main purpose – Sequoia National Park. We arrived late Friday night, got checked in and prepared for our visit to the park.

I had previously visited Sequoia National Park last year with Chris when we had gone sometime during spring. We left the hotel around 8:45AM after making use of our hotel’s free continental breakfast; and we arrived at the parkings entrance an hour after. Our first agenda was stopping by the Overlook located on Generals Hwy.

When we arrived to the Sherman Tree trailhead, it was packed and we were forced to park in the Wolverton parking lot. From there, we rode the Route 4 shuttle and made our way to see my favorite sequoia!

We hiked the Congress trail which is a complete 2 mile hike – according to my Apple Watch, I burned 1194 calories in a span of two hours! The hike was beautiful; we stopped by different areas of the trail to snap some photos and enjoy the cool breeze the trees were giving.

On our way back, we took a break on the trail where we could easily see General Sherman. We didn’t get too close because of the long line trying to get a photo of him – but mark my words, he is the world’s largest sequoia tree. In the words of my teenage brothers, General Sherman is thick *insert laughing emoji*

I had such a great time hiking in my favorite national park! This may have been my second visit but everything was still as beautiful as the first time I was there. Nature is absolutely beautiful, opt outside!

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  1. August 13, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    You guys drove out pretty far! I’m not one with nature so I’m definitely living through you with these hikes and nature sceneries xD. It’s great that you got to spend some quality family time up there. I didn’t realize there’d be a lot of people doing the walks as well. I’m glad to see you guys having fun out there! My boyfriend loves so Yosemite so much that he keeps visiting back. Thanks for sharing, Eena ;).

  2. August 13, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    I love how you all have a backpack. And your bag is a looking a little sparse with the patches ๐Ÿ˜› THe place looks absolutely incredible and glad you enjoyed your second trip (and hopefully many more to come) Really want to visit the national park! (actually so many of the US national parks…)

    nat // dignifiable

    • August 13, 2017 / 9:37 pm

      btw, I thought I was accidentally on capslock the entire comment and kept checking on Notepad to make sure I wasn’t hahaha

    • August 14, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Bahahaha I’m sorry about the caps lock on the comment, Nat! Fixed it up though. Now you type normally xD

      • August 14, 2017 / 4:10 pm

        It’s okay! Hahaha. I was really really worried the comment would end up YELLING my thoughts across to you ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. August 13, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    General Sherman is thick EENA I CAN’T BREATHE LMAO should’ve worded it t h i c c hahah in all, hiking with family looks so fun! i am jealous because my family is really not an outdoor-sy bunch. this forest looking amazing. i’m gonna live my adventure through you!

    • August 13, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Hahahahaha I thought about typing it like that but I wasn’t too sure if anybody would get it so I decided to be subtle about it. And aw man, that blows! The outdoors are so much fun though!

  4. August 14, 2017 / 5:58 am

    Aaaah this looks exciting! There aren’t any giant forests near me. I’ve always wanted to go to somewhere like this. Great photos by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. August 14, 2017 / 6:23 am

    I wish my family was into hiking! However, I discovered it more on my own/ thru my husband. But at least I discovered i love it!

  6. August 14, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Ahhh, this looks fantastic! I love hiking and it sounds like you had a wonderful time ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  7. August 14, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Gorgeous pictures, I can’t believe how big that sequoia tree is! I have never seen one in real life although I came close when visiting Yosemite – I went there during winter though so the path to the famous sequoia tree was closed. It was still absolutely beautiful. I think there is something very special about National Parks, it’s impossible to be sad around so much nature xx


  8. August 14, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I love being in forests, although I haven’t been hiking in forever.

  9. August 15, 2017 / 5:36 am

    Ugh such a beautiful national park! I have ALWAYS wanted to visit this place. Those trees, man! They are massive! I love that your family goes on these trips together. Looks so fun!

    Simply Lovebirds

  10. August 15, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    THIIICCCKKK lol! I would’ve made the same joke! I think it’s awesome that your whole family is so active and will do these hiking trips together. I want to go out to see sequioas as well. Also 1194 calories! Dangggggg

  11. August 15, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Aw I love this! I miss visiting national parks and being in the wilderness. Thanks for sharing your trip. Xo, Ellese


  12. August 21, 2017 / 3:57 am

    Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

  13. August 27, 2017 / 1:07 am

    As always you make me want to go out on hikes – to the point I’m actually going on one tomorrow for the UK’s bank holiday. I luckily live close by one so it’s going to be fun!

    I’m so glad you had a great time, it must’ve been an awesome bonding experience! The photos look super cute (with all of y’all!!) with incredible things to see ๐Ÿ’–

    Thanks for sharing, Eena!!