Giant Trees and a Huge Peak

Visitors from all around visit this national park to see giant trees and a tall mountain peak. Read the clues below and see if you can name the national park as part of our Mystery Destination game. In previous weeks our mystery outdoor destinations have included mountain peaks, national seashores, popular kayaking rivers and a huge bike race. This week the correct answer is the name of the national park described below.

Giant Trees Photo by Matousek

  • The Park is famous for its giant trees. Within the park boundaries you'll find 5 out of the 10 largest trees in the world.

  • This National Park is the second-oldest national park in the United States. It was created by Congress on September 25, 1890. Only Yellowstone National Park, created in 1872, is older.

  • The park elevation varies by nearly 13,000 feet and includes the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States.

  • There is a giant granite dome located within the park. The Civilian Conservation Corps cut a 400 step staircase into the rock in the 1930s. This staircase is listed on the national register of historic places. (Hint: this is not Half Dome)

  • Thru-hikers pass though this national park while hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail or the John Muir Trail.

Do you know which national park we are describing? Enter your guess in the comments below then forward this link to your friends to see if they know the answer too. If you enjoyed this mystery destination game, check out our other recent outdoor destinations:

Canyons, Buttes and Mesas
Mountain Range
Huge Reservoir
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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