Description - The Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are named for the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree. The landscape is as spectacular as its 38 groves of giant sequoia. Majestic granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater, and lush meadows await your discovery at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
- A number of recreation facilities are located within the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The Monument includes all of the giant sequoia groves on the Sequoia National Forest. These include four family campgrounds. (Belknap, Redwood Meadow, Eshom, and Princess) with 144 campsites, one interpretive trail with 5 picnic sites and 15 parking spaces (Trail of 100 Giants), and about 23 miles of trail. Also located in groves are five trailheads (Chicago Stump, Boole Tree, Cherry Gap, Freeman Creek, and Needles), one organization camp (Quaker Meadow Church Camp), and one recreation rental cabin (Mountain Home).
Recreation - The giant sequoia groves attract sightseers, campers, and trail users.
Climate - Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation on the Sequoia National Forest. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, much of it comes in the form of snow. Winter temperatures well below freezing and summer temperatures above 100 degrees F indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season when venturing into the high country, with clothing that can be "layered," ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
The Sequoia National Forest is located in the High Sierra Region of California, at the south end of the Sierra Nevada. The Monument includes all of the giant sequoia groves on the Sequoia National Forest.