Bernacchi Publishes Guide to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
After working and studying remotely for a year, many people are ready to get out from behind their computer screens and spend some time in nature.
For those looking to explore the great outdoors, head to the lesser-known Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, about an hour east of Fresno. Many go for the famous wildflower bloom, but if you’re not sure where to start, grab Leigh Bernacchi’s recently published guide, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park: Hike, Camping, Waterfalls & Big Trees (Moon, 2021) and hit The road and way.
Bernacchi is Program Director of the UC Merced Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and a contributor to the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI). Bernacchi is from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and worked as a ranger for naturalists in the Sequoia, Denali and Yosemite national parks before joining campus in 2015. She is interested in the intersection between public participation, natural resources and wildlife – all of which she informed scientific activities and this guide.
“This book is a love letter to our members of the Valley Community to experience the amazing beauty of these wild parks in every season of the year,” said Bernacchi. “Whether alone or with friends, with my grandma or my child, I researched this book for several years to create every travel route and experience. There is something for everyone and it is so close to UC Merced. “
Sequoia and Kings Canyon feature the tallest peak in the lower 48 states – Mount Whitney – and the giant sequoias, including General Sherman, the largest living being in the world. The geological wonders of the Kings River range from granite with massive crystals to metamorphoses. Waterfalls and green meadows fill every valley. Bernacchi has spent time in Sequoia & Kings Canyon as a ranger, tourist and mother.
Your book is full of suggested itineraries, hiking guides, hut recommendations, and much more. With limited WiFi and cell phone access, it’s smart to have Bernacchi’s book on hand when you make your way to Sequoia & Kings Canyon.
If you want to find out more, you can find Bernacchi’s book here.