24 hours can seem like a short amount of time anywhere, but when you’re in Sequoia National Park, something magical happens. Time seems to slow down, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the wonders of this natural space. Whether it’s the gentle rustle of leaves in the wind,  the distant chatter of hikers ahead on the trail, or the crystal-clear waters of its' rivers and falls, every moment here is a treasure waiting to be discovered.

Best Times to Visit

Before we dive into our 24-hour itinerary, let's talk about the best times to visit Sequoia National Park. While the park is open year-round, the Eastern Sierras, where Sequoia is nestled, offer a delightful range of seasons. Winter blankets the park in snow, creating a stunning winter wonderland. However, for ease of travel and access to all the park has to offer, we recommend visiting in the summer or fall. These seasons offer ideal weather for hiking, sightseeing, and immersing yourself in the beauty of the sequoias.

Whether you are coming for a one night stay from LA, on a California parks road trip, or simply passing through, we’ve got you covered! Check out the list below for a sample itinerary for 24 hours in the park. If you're looking for some road trip tunes to accompany your journey, don't forget to check out our Sequoia playlist on Spotify. And for gear to enhance your experience, take a look at our newest Sequoia Collection though our 'Shop by Parks' page, HERE.

Let’s get into it.

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Morning: Rise and Shine

6:00 AM - Start Your Journey
Begin your day bright and early to make the most of your time in Sequoia. Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at your accommodation or pack a picnic to enjoy amidst the towering trees. Wherever you decide to enjoy a snack, please make sure you adventure responsibly and pack out what you pack in. 

7:00 AM - Muir Grove Trail (1.5 hours)
Head over to the Dorst Campground area to embark on the Muir Grove Trail. This serene hike takes you through a peaceful grove of sequoias, offering a glimpse into the ancient beauty of these majestic giants. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the sheer size and presence of these trees as you wander through the trail. The grove sits at the end of this trail but the whole hike will give you new perspective of the places around you along the way. 

10:00 AM - General Sherman (1 hour)
No visit to Sequoia is complete without paying homage to the General Sherman Tree, the largest living tree on Earth. Take a short drive to the Giant Forest Museum and hop on the shuttle to the trailhead. A leisurely stroll along the Congress Trail will lead you to the awe-inspiring General Sherman Tree, standing tall and proud amidst the forest.

Afternoon: Adventure Awaits

12:00 PM - Moro Rock (1-1.5 hours)
For a bit of adventure and stunning panoramic views, make your way to Moro Rock. This granite dome offers a challenging but rewarding climb up a series of steps carved into the rock. Once at the top, you'll be greeted with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys below.

2:00 PM - Tokopah Falls Trail (2-3 hours)
Cool off after your Moro Rock adventure with a refreshing hike to Tokopah Falls. This moderate trail winds along the Kaweah River, leading you to the base of the spectacular Tokopah Falls. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the falls' pool, a perfect spot for a midday swim and picnic.

Parks Project hanging out in the Tokopah Swimming hole in Sequoia National Park.

Late Afternoon: Time to Wind Down

4:00 PM - Room Tree (30 minutes)
As the day starts to wind down, take a moment of tranquility at the Room Tree. This unique sequoia has a spacious chamber carved into its base, providing a serene spot to sit and reflect amidst the ancient trees.

Evening: Golden Hour Glow

6:00 PM - Middle Fork Kaweah River
End your day with a relaxing evening by the Middle Fork Kaweah River. If you have a park pass, enjoy swimming in the cool, clear waters of the river. It's the perfect way to unwind and connect with nature after a day of exploration. If you have time, wake up for a morning dip before heading out of the park. 

8:00 PM - Sunset Views
As the sun begins its descent, head to one of the park's stunning viewpoints for a breathtaking sunset. Whether it's Beetle Rock, Crescent Meadow, or any other scenic spot, the golden hues of the setting sun painting the sky above the sequoias is a sight to behold.

Night: Stargazing Splendor

10:00 PM - Campfire Stories
Wrap up your day with a cozy campfire under the starry Sequoia skies. Bundle up in our Sequoia Collection. Share stories, roast marshmallows, and soak in the tranquility of the forest around you. If camping isn't your style, there are also lodging options available within and near the park.

Star gazing in Sequoia National Park.

With its towering trees, quiet spaces, and serene beauty, Sequoia National Park offers a perfect escape for nature lovers. In just 24 hours, you can immerse yourself in the wonders of this natural paradise, from hiking through ancient groves to swimming beneath cascading waterfalls. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Sequoia!

Remember: Always respect nature, pack out what you pack in, and take only memories (and maybe a few photos) with you as you explore this incredible park. Thanks for leaving it better than you found it. Check out our most recent Sequoia collection through our 'Shop by Parks' page HERE.

Note: Before embarking on any hikes or activities, please check for any trail closures or alerts on the official Sequoia National Park website.

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