Sequoia National Park Natural Water Slide

A good dunk for the little dippers. Several small slides ranging in size from seven to four vertical feet with the main attraction being a 20-foot-long slide with a four-foot free fall at the end. The sweet spot at the bottom of the slide is off to the left. Remember that. Otherwise you’re apt to land on your tailbone and be walking like a cowboy for the next couple of days. To create a longer slide it might work to splash a bucket of water on the smooth rock above and to the right of the main slide. That’ll extend the ride by 50 percent.

Still, the size of the slides are pitifully out of scale with the nearby sequoias. Listening to the cones drop gives a sense of how tall the trees really are. A falling cone announces its descent when it hits the first branch in the canopy. Maybe it bounces off another few boughs, then silence. You hear nothing for a count of three to four seconds while the cone falls the branchless length of the trunk and finally hits the ground.

The canyon containing Stony Creek must be 500 feet wide at its broadest. The water-polished slabs turn into a griddle when the sun is blazing. Thankfully the altitude is over 6,000 feet so the heat is mitigated. One other thing: since this spot is well known and located directly behind a lodge, it is usually full of people. It’s really only good as a family trip.

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