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RenoAl

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Posted: 06/01/10 10:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We were at Calaveras Big Trees State Park the other day. So I did a search on it when I returned and got no response so I am gonna throw in this trip report. I hope you enjoy it.

Calaveras Big Trees is located about 25 miles east of Angels Camp, CA (think jumping frog) on CA hwy 4 at 4500 feet elevation. It boasts 2 groves of the Sequoia redwoods. These are inland redwoods not to be confused with the coastal redwoods which are thinner and taller. These are the redwoods that are found in the King's Canyon/Sequoia parks. While not as large as there southern cousins the still are impressive with sizes up to 25 feet in diameter and 250 plus feet tall.

So the first order is to get over the Sierra crest. Given the cold and wet spring that means you are gonna get snowed on. So here is the view of the Sierra Nevada (Job's peak somewhere in those clouds) from Carson City.

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The direct route over Hwy 4 is not open due to snow. So it is an additional 2 hours to take CA hwy 88 over Kit Carson pass then CA hwy 49 to Angels Camp and CA hwy 4 east to Big Trees - ugh! Anyway a shot of the last climb to the summit. If it looks like its snowing it's because it is.

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Glad there is still some snow left! Maybe it will be gone by July 4th.

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And here is the summit at 8500 plus feet

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So we arrive and head for the Oak Hollow cg. There are 2 campgrounds. The North is by the north grove and next to the hwy and the north grove while Oak Hollow is about 5 miles further on toward the south grove. Our spot had a little creek.

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The dogwood was just coming into bloom.

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And a snow plant. The snow plant is a non-chlorophyll fungus plant that is a parasite of the surrounding conifers. An odd but beautifull plant.

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The next morning we head off for the south grove. The trail is a 5 mile round trip thru mixed conifer forests with sugar pines, cedar, fir, oak and dogwood. You start out by crossing Beaver creek. Maybe I'll see if there are any fish in there on the way back.

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After a mile or so you start to spot some of the Sequoia big trees.

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For scale Judy is standing just to the right of the leftmost tree. Can you find her?

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This big fella is the chimney tree. So named as the fire scar goes completely up the tree. It is still alive and healthy. Probably has been standing like that for 500 or more years. Yup, you do indeed feel a bit insignificant among these trees.

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These are actually 2 trees growing so close together you think they are one.

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So here we are standing in the hollow of a downed tree. Rosie says " Wow that's a big tree!."

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And here are Rosie and I at the Palace Hotel.

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This is the largest tree, The Agassiz tree.

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These things are so massive you have a hard time getting a sense of them. So here is a video to give a better perspective video

There were no fish, at least none I caught, in that creek.

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One the way home CA hwy 4 (Ebbets Pass) was open so I am gonna bore you with some photos.

This sign always gets people's attention.

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A view up the North fork of the Mokelume river to the Carson Iceberg wilderness.

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Tryon peak at 9970 feet.

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Some of that pesky snow. Remember we are about 30 days from the longest day of the year.

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Thanks for looking in.


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Posted: 06/01/10 10:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I love that area Al....You guys always have a great time even if ya don't catch a fish....Thanks for the post.

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24% !! Is that for real?? Gawd

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Great pictures. It's hard to imagine trees that big. And thanks for the snow pictures, in this 90 degree heat we're having, they sure helped to cool me off!

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Posted: 06/02/10 04:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing a place that I didn't even know existed. The trees are truely awe inspiring.


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Great report, these trees are incredible, I would like to see them in reality, perhaps in the future....
Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 06/02/10 07:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2oldman wrote:

24% !! Is that for real?? Gawd
This is almost as hard to imagine having not seen one this steep as trying to imagine trees that big.


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Posted: 06/02/10 07:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RenoAl:

Good report, very nice country.

It would appears that you were there about May 21,2010>

Thanks.

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Posted: 06/02/10 08:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice trip RenoAl - thanks for the ride-along.


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Posted: 06/02/10 08:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice trip report and pics Al. We love that area. In fact, so much so, my wife and I got married in 1979 in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, specifically on "The Big Stump" in the North Grove (originally from the "Discovery Tree", which many of the locals just refer to as "The Stump"). Believe it or not, it was big enough for the minister, the bride & groom, along with the entire wedding party to stand on.

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