I consider King-Canyon the “harder” park. Much more rugged than it’s sister to the north, Yosemite. Deeper canyons (the deepest in the Western Hemisphere) huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep dark caverns, and the world’s largest trees.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. From the altitude of 1370 in the foothills to the pinnacle of Mt Whitney’s 14,493 feet there is always something to do, something to see and plenty of wildlife.
If you’ve ever stood on top of Half Dome or even just wandered over some of the more accessible granite hillsides you can’t help but feel the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. It’s what I like to call my pleasant friend.
Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, and steep granite cliffs. Within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Yes, there’s also Yosemite Valley, which is a good place to start or end a two or three day excursion into some of the Sierra’s most beautiful and easily accessible backcountry.