Sierra Nevada Adventures Multi Day Rides

Sequoia Kings Adventure

SEQUOIA KINGS ADVENTURE

Here is your opportunity to explore the land of giants and deep canyons, known as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.  This is the perfect adventure ride for large two-cylinder dual sport adventure motorcycles which provides perfect combination of twisty scenic mountain roads and mild off-road adventure. 

Your adventure begins in the historic Gold Rush town of Jamestown located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range.  From Jamestown your adventure travels south on a combination of back roads and dirt roads through the foothills of the southern Mother Lode Country. From the southern end of the Gold Country your adventure explores into the national forest on a combination of back roads and dirt roads to a remote meadow in the forest. This remote meadow marks the end point of Minaret Road which was once planned to be a Trans-Sierra Highway. Minaret Road was once a grand idea by early day road builders to construct a mountain pass from the San Joaquin Valley to the Eastern Sierra. The road builders dream was  to create a scenic byway through coniferous forest on the western slope, and traverse over rugged granite peaks and beyond to the Easter Escarpment via the Minaret Summit, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the jagged Minarets. Minaret Road construction began on both sides of the Sierra Nevada with hopes to connect this scenic byway in a remote location west of Reds Meadow. After many years of hard work and perseverance their dream of constructing a scenic mountain pass came to an abrupt end with less than 10 miles left to connect this scenic byway. While Governor of California, Ronald Reagan made a horse packing trip into the now designated Ansel Adams Wilderness. After his wilderness adventure Reagan supported the conservationists' efforts to prevent the completion of the Minaret Road. Reagan continued his efforts after being elected President in 1980 and the area was eventually designated wilderness by the California Wilderness Act of 1984. The Sierra Nevada escarpment is now a continuous Wilderness from Ball Mountain (near Inyokern) to Tioga Pass, a distance of over 150 miles of wilderness.

Beyond the Minaret Roade your adventure continues south on twisty curvy back roads through the San Joaquin River Canyon. From the south side of the canyon your adventure continues to the mountain resort town known as Shaver Lake for your first night stay. 

Day two of your adventure travels south on curvy back roads to the land of giants and deep canyons, known as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.  Your adventure descends down curvy twisty road to the depth of Kings Canyon, The Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is the most unique section of the park, and also one of America’s most remarkable drives and a must do motorcycle ride. The 50-mile mountain pass winds down 2,700 feet, past some incredible mountain views, and into a vibrant valley where the Kings River flows. The mighty Kings Canyon reaches a maximum depth of 8,200 feet, when measured from Spanish Peak down to the confluence of the Middle and South Forks of the Kings River. That's over 2,000 feet deeper than Arizona's Grand Canyon!

After exploring the mighty Kings Canyon, your adventure retraces the scenic byway from the depth of the canyon to explore an off-road route to one of the most unique and scenic fire lookout towers within the Sierra Nevada range.  This hidden fire lookout tower sits perched atop a huge granite dome within the Sequoia National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park.  You will have the opportunity to climb unique staircase up the side of the granite rock to the fire lookout tower on top of the massive granite dome and be rewarded with panoramic views of peaks over 14,000 feet along the Sierra Crest.  After visiting the fire lookout tower your off-road adventure continues through the forest eventually connecting to Sequoia National Park scenic byway.  Your adventure continues south through the land of Giants, home to the largest tree in the world.  Beyond the Giants your adventure descends down a series of switch-backs into Kaweah River Canyon to the small town of Three Rivers for your second night stay. 

Day three of your adventure travels up the Kaweah River Canyon on a series of switch-backs into the land of Giants.  Continuing on your adventure brings you to the famous General Sherman Tree which is the largest tree in the world.  You will have the opportunity to walk within the land of the giants to the base of the massive General Sherman Sequoia Tree.  The General Sherman Tree is the world's largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet tall, and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet in diameter. Giant sequoias grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada in California, between 4,500 to over 7,500 feet in elevation. Within park boundaries, park staff distinguish approximately 40 different giant sequoia groves, ranging from one to tens of thousands of sequoia trees per grove. Numerous groves can be reached by road, while others are remote and involve an arduous hike to visit. In all the groves – from heavily visited to remote – these immense, majestic trees and sunlight filtered through lofty branches bring a sense of peace and wonder.

Fifteen incredible facts about Giant Sequoia Trees. Giant Sequoia trees are truly the giants of the natural world. They're one of three members of the Sequoioideae subfamily, and the giants in particular are very unique. Here are 15 incredible tree facts about these majestic giants.

1. Giant Sequoias are rare trees. Giant Sequoias can only grow along a narrow, 260-mile strip on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, between 4,500 and 7,500 feet.

2. Giant Sequoia trees are among the oldest trees in the world. A Giant Sequoia tree can live over 3,000 years.

3. Giant Sequoias know how to branch out.  A Giant Sequoia tree's largest branches can be up to eight feet in diameter.

4. Giant Sequoia trees have thick skin.  You could say the Giant Sequoia is thick skinned. Its bark can be up to 3 feet thick!

5. Giant Sequoias are protected.  Giant Sequoias were once logged, but the practice stopped over a century ago because the tree's wood is brittle. Today, the trees are protected.

6. Giant Sequoias are huge trees. The largest Giant Sequoia is taller than a 26 story building. That's pretty tall!

7. Giant Sequoia trees in the Sierra Nevada range can reach heights over 300 feet.  The world tallest Sequoia tree located in Northern California Coast reaches the height of 379 feet. 

8. Giant Sequoias are some of the widest trees in the world.  The Giant Sequoia's girth is what truly makes it a giant. The General Sherman tree in the Sierra Nevada range is 36 feet 6 inches in diameter at its base and 102 feet 6 inches in circumference with a height of 274 feet 9 inches. 

9. Giant Sequoias really know how to fill up a room. The world's largest tree by volume, General Sherman, is a Giant Sequoia boasting a total volume of more than 52,000 cubic feet.

10. A Giant Sequoia is the world's largest living organism. General Sherman is the largest living organism on the planet. It is 2,100 years old and weighs 2.7 million pounds.

11. Giant Sequoias are pretty hardy. Giant Sequoias are one of the world's hardiest trees. Their thick bark makes them flame resistant, as well as resistant to fungal rot and wood-boring beetles.

12. Giant Sequoias are the third longest-living tree species on the planet. The oldest known Giant Sequoia tree in the Sierra Nevada is over 3,200 years old.  The oldest trees in the world are the Bristlecone Pine located in the White Mountains in California. The oldest Bristlecone Pine known as Methuselah tree is over 4,850 years old making it the oldest tree in the world.      

13. Giant Sequoias are always growing. Giant Sequoia trees never stop growing until the day they die.

14. Giant Sequoias have single-child households. In order to sustain the species, a Giant Sequoia needs to produce only one offspring over its entire lifespan.

15. Giant Sequoias aren't quick to reproduce. The Giant Sequoia only reproduces every 20 years. Forest fires are required to open its cones.

After your visit at the General Sherman tree your adventure continues north back towards Jamestown on a combination of curvy back-roads and twisty canyon roads including a must ride curvy section of road in the Merced River Canyon known by local motorcyclist as the Little Dragon.

RIDE DETAILS:

Multi-Day Ride (20 rider max) 

This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for “large” dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated "mild" with lots of adventure.

Ride distance 675+ miles round trip (50+ miles dirt roads)
Gas stops (135-mile range required)
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner at restaurants (Not included)

 

MEETING TIME: 8:45am (begins at 9:00am)

MEETING LOCATION: Chevron Jamestown CA

18151 CA-108, Jamestown CA 95327

Ride returns to Jamestown (approx 4pm)

Note: view Event Details at top of page

 

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS;

Riders are responsible to book their Hotel reservations. (Not included)

Friday night in Shaver Lake, CA

-Tamarack Motor Lodge 55380 Flint Rd, Lakeshore CA 93634 (559) 893-3244

-China Peak Mountain Resort 59265 Highway 168, Lakeshore, CA 93634 (559)233-2500

-The Chalet’s & Musick Creek Inn 41325 Tollhouse Rd, Shaver Lake CA 93664 (559) 841-3323

Saturday night in Three Rivers, CA

- Comfort Inn & Suites 40820 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA  93271 (559) 561-9000

- Western Holiday Lodge 40105 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers CA 93271 (559) 561-4119

- Sierra Lodge 43175 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers CA 93271 (559) 561-3681

                    

CAMPING RECOMMENDATIONS:

Note: Riders have the 'option' to 'Camp" near Shaver Lake Friday night and near Three Rivers at Lake Kaweah (Horse Creek Campground)

Riders that choose to camp are recommended to make camping reservations in advance.

(Camping fees Not included) 

                     

OPTIONAL for Thursday night: 

Note: if you’re planning to stay in Jamestown Thursday night hotel recommendation:

-Country Inn Sonora, 18730 CA-108, Jamestown CA 95327 (209) 984-3332

-Jamestown Railtown Motel 10301 Willow Street, Jamestown CA 95327 (209) 984-3332

Questions email: mark@SierraNevadaAdventures.com

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