I have lived in California for 28 years, but never visited any of its national parks. When the opportunity presented itself to visit three parks in three days via the Majestic Mountain Loop, I jumped at the chance. As a national park virgin, I literally had no idea what to expect. And, as a single mom, trekking off to the wilderness with small children was a little intimidating. So, I did what any mom who’s traveling to an unfamiliar place with small children would do, I scoured the internet for tips.
For the most part, everything I read was helpful, but what really threw me off were the park’s elevation levels. I couldn’t figure out if the areas I’d be visiting would be sunny, rainy, or snowy. Turns out they were all of the above! Long story short, if you’re visiting between seasons—not quite winter, not quite summer—be prepared to pack half your child’s wardrobe.
TIP: October and May are great months to visit.
The Majestic Mountain Loop is the journey between Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks. Really, it’s more of a Majestic Mountain line—Kings Canyon is between Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Your journey could start at either end of the line. I live in Northern California, somy adventure began with a quick overnight in Visalia at Comfort Suites Visalia—an economical choice that offers free breakfast in an old-timey historical downtown area about an hour’s drive from Sequoia National Park. If you’re a fan of giant roadside oddities—and who isn’t?—just south of Three Rivers is a giant bull/pomegranate juice stand. Say What!