Monday, July 1, 2013

Panoramic Point and Park Ridge Lookout

Fred and I are usually on the eastern side of the Sierras but we decided to mix things up a bit and head to the west side, the only place on the planet where giant sequoias grow, within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.  After setting up camp in Stony Creek campground we head out for our first hike of the day.   

On our way out of the campground we found a mule deer who seemed to be completely apathetic about our existence (most likely because hunting is off limits within the park).  

Moon's guidebook California Hiking has not steered us wrong yet. We decided on Panoramic Point and Park Ridge Lookout, a 4.7 mile hike which offered views of giant mountains and deep valleys within Kings Canyon Park.  

These dandelions were the size of softballs.  

The trail ends at a fire lookout which provides even more stunning views.  

Living and dead Manzanita.  

After the hike it was dinner time (we had a late start to the day).
I love camp food; veggie hot dogs, corn, and baked beans followed by a game of cribbage.  The only thing that would make this better would be if our mugs were filled with wine, and they were.  

1 comment:

  1. You really embody John Muir's quote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...” I love this entire post.

    The caterpillars, the views, the flowers, the campsite. I love that I get to see what you both experienced. It looks amazing. You guys know how to enjoy the wilderness in style.


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