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Mariposa to Sequoia & One Day in Park

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Mariposa to Sequoia & One Day in Park

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!

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1. Re: Mariposa to Sequoia & One Day in Park

Loucee ~ I'm wondering about your "early morning sightseeing in Mariposa." Mariposa is a small town. It has some shops, restaurants, motels,.... hmmm.... mineral museum, county courthouse,.... what do you want to sightsee that is open in the early morning?

Also, there is a fairly large grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park. It isn't as big a grove nor are the trees quite as large as the largest ones in Sequoia NP, but it is a closer option. nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/mg.htm

There are two ways to get to Fresno from Mariposa. Either drive Hwy 140 to Merced then Hwy 99 or drive Hwy 49 to Oakhurst and Hwy 41 to Fresno. From Fresno, continue south on Hwy 99 to the turn for Hwy 198 thru Visalia to Three Rivers. nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/upload/region.pdf

map page for SEKI: nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/maps.htm

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