|Group Photo at the General Sherman Tree|
|Maria Hugs a Tree|
On the day of arrival, all participating club members met in a meeting room at the Three Rivers Comfort Inn to talk about the upcoming days of hiking and photographing.
This entry contains photos from the hike that occurred on the next day; The Pillars of Hercules. Most of the hikers participated together on this moderate 5 mile hike among the Sequoias and a group photo was taken at the General Sherman Tree as seen at the top of the entry.
Tree hugging seemed to become a fun sport among some of the women.
Most of the largest trees had names like the grouping of Sequoias seen in the left photo.
(Since the writer is piecing this entry together on information received through several different email and photo submissions, please email her if there are any corrections to be made. Thanks. K)
|The Sequoias are BIG!|
|Hiking Among the Sequoias|
|Setsuko in Wildfowers|
|Hiking the Lakes Trail|
|Alta Peak Summit Photo|
|View of Lakes Trail from Alta Peak|
Home & Wildlife
|The Hotel where the Group Stayed in Three Rivers, CA|
One day, two hikers could not resist a climb to Comfort Inn peak, as seen in the photo to the left!
|Cub - Where's Mama?|
|Deer with Interesting Head-dress|
Prescribed Burn in the Area
|Prescribed Burn Up Close|
Two other hikes that occurred over the three days were Moro Rock and Paradise Peak. It is unclear if the group hiked the entire Moro Rock Loop or just climbed up from the nearby parking lot. But, it is clear that the Paradise Peak hike was definitely the most difficult hike of the excursion. See a photo below for a group of proud mountain climbers on Paradise Peak!
|Smoke Rises from Prescribed Burn as seen from Paradise Peak|
|View from Moro Rock|
|Climbing Moro Rock|
Watch Tower Rock & Paradise Peak; Tokopah Falls; Etc.
|Hiking to Heather Lake|
Sixteen ABF hikers took a “moderately strenuous” hike to Heather Lake. It was 10 miles with lots of elevation gain but shorter than the strenuous Alta Peak and Pear hikes that day. Its trail was covered by the Pear Lake hikers who went on to several more lakes in a faster-paced group. The next day most of these hikers took a two-hike combination to Tokopah Falls and Muir Grove for a 9-mile hike. (The easy hiking had done Tokopah Falls the day before.) The scheduled hike had been to Sunset Rock. However, there was a prescribed burn going on in the Sunset Rock area so an alternate hike/s was found.
|Anne on Tunnel Log|
Those who had hiked to Heather Lake the day before were treated to a view looking up to the Watchtower route to Heather Lake. We could clearly see the Watchtower we had looked for the previous day. We had been on top of it! The flowers were beautiful along the lake and it was a very nice walk along the river to the falls where we saw a marmot. Then the group traveled from the Lodgepole Campground area to the Muir Grove parking area at Dorst Campground. On the way up to Muir Grove, we met the easy ABF hikers coming down. They told us not to miss the walk-through tree in the grove.
|Hikers in Sequoia Grove|
|Watch Tower Rock|
|Mike above Tokopah Falls|
|The Gang on Paradise Peak with San Joaquin Valley in the Background|
|Steve Takes in the View from Paradise Peak - Prescribed Burn in the Distance|
Pillars of Hercules
Moro Rock Loop