We have a vacation rental in Mariposa in mid-October. Because my husband is especially interested in seeing the "big trees" he now says he wants to spend a little time in Sequoia Nat'l Park.
Our plan is to do some early morning sightseeing in Mariposa, then drive to Three Rivers in the afternoon. (have a hotel reservation there) Any suggestions for the best route to take? We are early risers, so hope to get to the park early morning and stay for most of the day, then drive back to Mariposa late afternoon. (was thinking of taking a different route back, if there is a good one you can suggest, just for something different on the return trip?) Since we have already paid for our accomodation in Mariposa I don't want to be away from it for more than one night, but it did seem to make sense to do it this way, with the Three Rivers area hotel, rather than trying to do all that driving in one day, plus see a bit of the park as well. Make sense?
Also, as we will only have one day in the park, are there any suggestions on how to make the most of the time we will have there? We don't want to just "drive through the park in the car" and then leave. We enjoy hikes that are not more than 5 miles in length, and want to bring a lunch along with us...so any ideas on the best day hike in that range would also be appreciated.
Thanks for any ideas or comments!