Sequoia and Dogwood

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    Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California

    1. bubbletea1 99 months ago | reply

      nice. what did u do at Calaveras Big Trees SP? i still haven't been yet. Best hikes, sightseeing?

    2. Adam R. Paul 99 months ago | reply

      We have a cabin nearby, so I've been there many, many times.

      This time we did the North Grove hike, which is ~1.7 dead-flat miles through a pretty grove of Giant Sequoias. The South Grove trail (3.5-5 miles) has the biggest trees, and way fewer people. The Bradley Grove has no giant sequoias, but in spring (June/July) has excellent wildflowers. Lava Bluff Trail is skippable, as it's hot, shadeless, and view-less. I haven't hiked the River Trail yet, as one would want to take two cars to shuttle it back up.

      For a first visit, if you're just passing through, do the North Grove, otherwise if you have more time, check out the others. In spring the abundant dogwoods in the North Grove bloom, which is really beautiful, and in fall they turn orange/red, also beautiful.

    3. bubbletea1 99 months ago | reply

      Thanks Adam!

    4. bubbletea1 99 months ago | reply

      Adam, do you know of any good place for tent car camping near Calaveras Big Trees SP?

    5. Adam R. Paul 99 months ago | reply

      Yes, I recommend Calaveras Big Trees SP :-)

      They have a nice campground there, right next to the North Grove.

    6. Adam R. Paul 99 months ago | reply

      My wife reminded me that although that campground is but a short walk to the North Grove, it is also but a stone's thrown from Hwy 4. More pleasant would be one of the campgrounds farther down the road (there are several in the park). Or for a more high Sierra experience, continue about 45 minutes up Hwy 4 past Bear Valley and camp at the lovely Lake Alpine (tons of good/great hiking right near there).

    7. bubbletea1 99 months ago | reply

      Thanks Adam!!

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