Fri-Sun – August 24-26
Leader: Nelson Miller
This will be an exploratory trip of the southern portion of the Sequoia National Monument in the southern Sierras, south of Sequoia National Park. Meet at Springville Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to Tulare County Fire Department Station, 35659 CA Highway 190, Springville, CA 93265, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24. We will probably do dispersed camping in the National Forest Friday and Saturday nights, which would be dry with no facilities. I will have a fire permit. However, there are accommodations in Camp Nelson and Springville for those who would rather stay at a motel, lodge, or bed and breakfast.
There are 20 sequoia (redwood) groves in the southern portion of the Sequoia National Monument generally located along Forest Service dirt roads off of CA Highway 190. The groves are typically located at 5-7,000 feet elevation, so it should be relatively cooler. The groves are small, with 15 to 100+ redwoods in each grove. I expect to explore several of the larger groves, including the Black Mountain Grove, the Belknap Complex (which includes three groves), the Freeman Creek Grove, and the Long Meadow Grove, as well as other groves and points of interest. We will end Sunday afternoon at the Trail of 100 Giants near the junction of CA Highway 190 and Mountain Highway 50 northeast of California Hot Springs. These roads connect to California Hot Spring, Lake Isabella, and Sherman Pass. I expect to take hikes in each of the larger groves of 1-2 miles.