It Goes to Eleven

Sherman Tree Trail to Crescent Meadows and back,
(11 miles, +2,300/-2,300 feet).

ZoZoZoom got very excited reading about the Trail of the Sequoias on Modern Hiker.  We originally intended to do that hike, but we could not get to the trailhead at Crescent Meadows for it because of parking restrictions.  So we decided to park at the lot for the Sherman Tree instead, adding that trail and the Congress Trail both ways to the mileage.

We also decided to add some miles by taking the Huckleberry and Alta trails instead of the Washington Tree Trail between Crescent Meadow and Circle Meadow.  Add to that some bonus distance from getting lost once in the maze of the Giant Forest, and today turned out to be a very big day!

We got a lazy start this morning, hitting the trail about 8:30am.  But we were still practically the first ones there.

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A very empty trailhead

We soon started seeing the crazy majestic sequoia trees all along the trail.

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Yes, ZoZoZoom is really that short
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I’ll hide here if it snows
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Wow

We also encountered some forest creatures who were also taking their time getting started this morning.

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ZoZoZoom shoots some deer
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You can’t see me here

The Congress group was quite impressive, but we really liked the President Tree which may soon overtake the Sherman Tree as the world’s largest.

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JimmyJam meets the president
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ZoZoZoom hugs the president

The trail down to the Congress Group is all paved, which was great when I came here years ago with small children, but we were happy when we turned onto the Trail of the Sequoias.  It was a lovely duffy trail, and mostly empty, giving us great solitude with John Muir’s giants.

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Lovely duff
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Wait, why do they call this the Trail of the Sequoias?

The forest was deep and dark, giving lots of opportunity to living things that like shade.

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Pretty ferns
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Pretty fungi
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Pretty fall colors

Fortunately for us, all the blowdowns on the trail had been there for decades (or more).

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Good thing I don’t have to climb over this

By 11:30am we made it to the start of the High Sierra Trail, where I started and finished a 110 mile hike just two months ago.  It was amazing to see how different everything looked.  We decided to eat our peanut butter sandwiches and check on our progress.

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Nature’s breakroom 

While we were sitting there, we watched lots of hikers come and go.  One family in particular had a small boy who was really revved up for the hike.  One of the older men in the family asked him “Do you think we’ll see a bear?”  At the top of his lungs, the boy enthusiastically replied “I KILL THE BEAR!”  At this point, his mother ran after him with a worried expression and yelled “But you’re a VEGETARIAN!”

ZoZoZoom and I certainly had fun with that one.

After lunch we continued past Crescent Meadow where the forest was particularly full of sequoias.

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Crescent Meadow sequoia
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Crescent Meadow sequoias

Soon we came to an old cabin a man had built in order to try and gain rights to the land back in the 1800s.  We tried to imagine living there through a Sierra winter with only our wits to get us through.

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A cold way to acquire land

Once again we deviated from the main path, taking the long way around the Huckleberry and Alta Trails.  We saw hardly anyone and the foliage was outstanding.

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Wow

We loved the trail markers along this route.  They were the sequoia cones that seem improbably tiny given what some of them would become.

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Man-made sequoia cone
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Nature-made sequoia cones

We also loved the aspens along this trail, which were in their full autumn glory.

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Hello yellow!

When we finally got back to Circle Meadow we got a little lost and had to do just a bit of cross country.

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Where’s the trail?

We found ourselves headed back north into the heart of the Founders Group.

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ZoZoZoom and the Founders
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That’s a spicy rootball!

Of course we had to stop for a photo op in the Room Tree.

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Go to your room!

And my last good shot was of the McKinley Tree.

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The McKinley Tree

By 3pm we were back at the Sherman Tree Trailhead with 11 miles in the books, a PR for ZoZoZoom.

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We went to 11
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark Sobolewski says:

    Beautiful places, beautiful faces… and a Spinal Tap reference .. my cup runneth over

    Liked by 1 person

    1. JimmyJam says:

      Now I have to work more of them in!

      Like

  2. Harla Yesner says:

    Looks even more fabulous than when we were there.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. JimmyJam says:

      Yeah, I was really surprised by the autumn colors.

      Like

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