Sequoia National Park - June 2001

We hiked the High Sierra Trail from Crescent Meadow trailhead to Bearpaw Meadow, we were in the backcountry for 5 days and 4 nights. We had planned to hike into the Kaweah Basin but ended up taking it easy ( 5 miles a day) and and napping alot. Oh well, it was supposed to be a vacation right?  :-)

 

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Ilse, at Crescent Meadow, ready to hit the trail. 

 

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On the trail, Ilse views evidence of a past forest fire. 

 

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 Dusk falls quickly in the mountains, we were ready to find a place to camp for the night.

 

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Early the next morning I saw a half dozen deer feeding on the berries.

Can you see the deer peeking around the tree looking a me taking her picture?

 

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 Here is the above photo magnified, actually there are two deer in the photo.

 

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Along the trail near the Bearpaw camp.We did see a number of bears including a mother with two cubs. 

 

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 A view along the trail on a day hike.

 

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 Looking out onto the high Sierras

 

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 Studying the map.

 

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An awesome trail. 

 

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Ferns mixed with Coast Paintbrush brighted the trail and provide a wonderful foreground.

 

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A lone hiker (Ilse) dwarfed by the immense scale of nature.

 

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An unexpected surprise, smoke from controlled burns being done by the forest service miles away. 

 

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Makes me feel really small    :-)

 

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See tiny Ilse kiking in the lower lefthand corner.

 

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White flowers: Cow Parsnip; Yellow: unknown

 

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The narrow trail runs between a sheer rock wall and a long sheer drop on the other.

Notice the wildflower growing in the crack in the rock wall.

 

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Detail from previous picture. I am not sure but I think the flower may be a Scarlet Gilia.

 

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Lush greenery along a mountain stream. Flowers unknown.

 

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What a view!

 

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A really BIG log...

 

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Wow!

 

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Unknown flowers brighten a great view.

 

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A rinse in a cold mountain stream.

 

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Phillip: at peace with nature.