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RenoAl,

Thanks. It reminded me of the many times we have been there. Truly it is another world from the Nevada desert and only about 100 miles away. I never tire of the huge trees and how majestic they are.


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Heh, think I'll skip that part of Hwy 4 if I'm ever in the area, I had enough for 18-24% grades on the Mattole Road.


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Great pics. Enjoyed them. It's been a while since we've been up there. Thanks for sharing.


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24% !! Is that for real?? Gawd


It's for real, and it's a really pretty drive. Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) to the south of this one is even steeper at 26% in spots.

Great shots Al. It's one of those places that truly live up to the word "awesome."

The story of that Discovery tree and stump always kind of made me a little ill. It was cut down by early pioneers in 1853 to make that dance floor. Another tree over 300 feet tall was stripped of 116 feet of bark, which was then shipped to London to be reconstructed as a money-making tourist attraction. Imagine those trees today had they not been touched.

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Al,
I like your style. Good report, and NO, you don't bore anyone with those pics going over the pass. The snow on the west slope at 4000 ft. is finally gone, but it lingers in big wads above 5500 ft. This year will go down as the year without a spring. We had one day of spring: May 30th it was sunny and in the 70's. That's it. It rained the 31st, and has been cloudy once more with rain expected tonight thru the next few days. By the 2nd week of June they expect more seasonal weather, the weather that usually arrives six weeks ago.
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Very good reporting and excellent photos. I've hadn't been to that neck of the woods and will have add this one to my bucket list.


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Thanks for posting the photos and trip report Al. I like camping over at Spicer Meadow Reservoir, which is a few miles up the road. I like to Stargaze there. I remember going over Ebetts Pass in December 2008, even Tioga Pass was still open. I love Sequoia Trees, you never can grasp how big they really are until you walk by a fallen one.

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Thanks for posting. Looks like some very interesting places. I'll have to look up that Carson Iceburg wilderness and see if it really has iceburgs [emoticon] Everyone sees and reports things differently so go ahead and post even if someone else has done a trip report on a place [emoticon]


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2oldman wrote:

24% !! Is that for real?? Gawd


Yup. There are actually 2 passes: Ebbetts Pass at 8700 feet and Pacific Grade Summit at 8000 feet. The steep twisty part is on the east side of the Pacific Grade.

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We were at the north grove a couple of years ago so this time we went to the south. I like the south better - more natural. Unfortunately the north grove, due to it's proximity to the road and the fact the south grove was private and pretty inaccessible until the 1950's, has seen more than it;s share of wierdness.

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Yes this has been the spring that wasn't. On thu night just beforem we arrived there was 3 inches of snow at the park. We stayed at Pioneer on hwy 88 and were rained on all night. My hope now is we do not have a monster fire season with all the underbrush growth.


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RenoAl wrote:

2oldman wrote:

24% !! Is that for real?? Gawd


Yup. There are actually 2 passes: Ebbetts Pass at 8700 feet and Pacific Grade Summit at 8000 feet. The steep twisty part is on the east side of the Pacific Grade.

Don Curley

We were at the north grove a couple of years ago so this time we went to the south. I like the south better - more natural. Unfortunately the north grove, due to it's proximity to the road and the fact the south grove was private and pretty inaccessible until the 1950's, has seen more than it;s share of wierdness.

Jefe,

Yes this has been the spring that wasn't. On thu night just beforem we arrived there was 3 inches of snow at the park. We stayed at Pioneer on hwy 88 and were rained on all night. My hope now is we do not have a monster fire season with all the underbrush growth.


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