A power nap later, we were ready for our final Yosemite sunset mission to Glacier Point, a 15.5 km round trip from the trailhead in Yosemite Valley. Glacier Point provides incredible views as two valleys converge, and we hiked quickly to make the sunset. We relied on headlamps for the descent – so make sure to pack lights for any sunset hike!
Before leaving Yosemite, the next morning, we stopped at the famous Tunnel View which overlooks the valley El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall – and offered a perfect final sunrise to wrap up the Yosemite leg of our journey.
A 2.5-hour drive from Yosemite saw us arrive in Sequoia National Park, home to the world’s largest trees. We set up camp at the Lodgepole Campground on the banks of the Kaweah River. Lying amidst trees that have been standing for thousands of years, gazing into a clear, star-spangled sky, feels, in simple terms, like an otherworldly experience. This moment, this view – this is why we travel.
It was another early start the following day, as we made our way up some 6,725 feet to Moro Rock before the crowds accumulated. Luckily, hikers have just a beautiful, quarter-mile climb to the top. We enjoyed the sunrise over the Sierra Forest and striking views of the Giant Sequoia Forest. Then we headed to the General Sherman, the world’s largest tree at 83 meters tall and 11 meters in diameter. It might be cliché, but it’s remarkable how small you feel in the tree’s presence. The magnitude is simply humbling.
We took in more of Sequoia’s glory with a rigorous 10km uphill run from our campsite to the Giant Forest Museum. For solitude and trail running, the paths in Sequoia are unmatched.
From a rocky vantage point known “Little Baldy”, we enjoyed the blood-red sunset lighting up the mountains with fiery tones of pink and orange. The perfect ending to our time in the park.