Year of 2017

Precipice Lake in Sequoia National Park, California

The icy waters of Precipice Lake, set against a wall of granite, reward hikers on the High Sierra Trail at Sequoia National Park in California. If this scene looks familiar, you may have seen Ansel Adams’ version, as the environmentalist and artist famously photographed the lake in black and white in 1932. In addition to pristine alpine lakes, this neck of the woods is famous for its ancient and behemoth trees, including the world’s largest single-stem tree, a sequoia, of course.

Sequoia National Park is a national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California, in the United States. It was established on September 25, 1890. The park spans 404,064 acres. Encompassing a vertical relief of nearly 13,000 feet, the park contains among its natural resources the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States, Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet above sea level. The park is south of and contiguous with Kings Canyon National Park; the two are administered by the National Park Service together as the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. They were designated the UNESCO Sequoia-Kings Canyon Biosphere Reserve in 1976.
Address: 47050 Generals Hwy, Three Rivers, CA 93271
Phone: (559) 565-3341
Established: Sep 25, 1890
Annual visitors: 1.25 million (2016)
Area: 631.35 sq miles (1,635 km²)
General Sherman tree looking up
General Sherman Tree, in Sequoia National Park: Largest living organism in the world