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King’s Canyon National Park

Summer is for Hiking: Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july 21

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

On July 21 of 2012 explored the Redwood Canyon Grove Trail. This is one of the largest groves of sequoias in existence and on this trail, one can view many of them. The trail is serene and quiet even in July. Another temperature win – in the central valley the temperature in the 100s on this particular day and here it was possibly 80 or less. The trail itself takes you through differing environments, from meadows to vistas, fern-laden areas with extremely large plants, and the wildflowers tremendous. It was hard to believe it was the dry part of summer. Green, moist and colorful surrounded by forest with the subtle mountain stream. The hike itself is not difficult and there are many segments to travel on.

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, the creek,  Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, the creek Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Creek,  Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Creek, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Wildflowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Wildflowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, boulders, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, boulders, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, View, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, View, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Meadow, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Meadow, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Ferns and Flowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Ferns and Flowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, fallen tree, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, fallen tree, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, flowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, flowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, trees, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, trees, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Giant Tree, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Giant Tree, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

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Summer is for Hiking: Weaver Lake, near border of King’s Canyon National Park, Ca. July 5, 2012

This is a great day hike, the trail well-marked and the lake has multiple spaces for overnight camping. It was amazing the temperature change at the height of Weaver Lake – the air was crispy cool on a day that it was over 100 in the valley. One could also do an overnight loop and include Jennie Lakes as well (my next time project) . Weaver Lake is a secluded quiet alpine lake at the base of Shell Mountain. (a website which gives the overnight loop info and directions to arrive at the trailhead: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/jennie-and-weaver-lakes-loop/)

Trailmarker to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California

Trail marker to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California, Kathryn Arnold, July 5th, 2012

The trail is a bit difficult to see from the parking area but it is lined with rocks.

Wildflowers on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Wildflowers on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Everything is still very green and many wildflowers at the beginning of July.

Water on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Water on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

View on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

View on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Wildflowers on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Wildflowers on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

View on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

View on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Forest on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Forest on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

 Greeting to Jennie Lakes Wilderness on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Greeting to Jennie Lakes Wilderness Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Weaver Lake Sign on way to Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake Sign on way to Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Simply lovely.

Trailmarker, Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Trailmarker, Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Butterflies on return from Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Butterflies on return from Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Butterflies hovering and grouping near watery areas – must have been at least 100.


Hiking King’s Canyon to the Boole tree, September 17, 2011

New meaning for Massive: the Boole Tree
New meaning for Massive: the Boole Tree

New meaning for Massive: the Boole Tree, photo by kathryn arnold

Last weekend traveled over to King’s Canyon to finally see the Boole tree. I had been wanting to do this for awhile, especially after seeing jerry uelsmann’s photography relating to this sequoia- considered to be the largest in volume. At least I think I remember him using this tree and discussing it but cannot find this information online currently.

The trail is well-maintained traveling upward for awhile…we went to the left so encountered the panoramic views early on. Then the Boole tree emerges like an unexpected mythic giant.

Panoramic View from the Boole Trail, King's Canyon National Park

Panoramic View from the Boole Trail, King's Canyon National Park, photo by kathryn arnold

View with sunspots on way to Boole Tree

View with sunspots on way to Boole Tree, photo by kathryn arnold

Emergence of the Boole Tree, King's Canyon National Park

Emergence of the Boole Tree, King's Canyon National Park, photo by kathryn arnold

Me at the Boole tree

Me at the Boole tree

Boole Tree, King's Canyon National Park

Boole Tree, King's Canyon National Park, photo by kathryn arnold

Graceful Giant Monarch - Boole Tree

Graceful Giant Monarch - Boole Tree, photo by kathryn arnold