We set up our base camp at Dorst Creek and then hiked out all over the park. As a group, we got in over 30 miles in the four days we were in Sequoia National Park.
One of our most favorite trails was our backpacking trip to Emerald Lake on the Lakes Trail.
Step one, we went to Lodgepole Visitor Center and put in for a Wilderness Permit. Step two, we packed our packs and headed out on the trail.
The Lakes Trail is about 15-17 miles depending how much wandering you do. We wandered all over and got in about 15 miles.
Elevation change for Emerald lake is about 5000 feet. You start at 6800 and go up to 9200 or so. It is a tough hike to the lakes. The trail gets very steep at times and it is quite challenging.
Our group consisted of one old man [our dad], our mom, and us – 13, 11, and 5 years of age.
Yes, a 5-year-old did backpack the entire trail with a pack.
Starting off was pretty easy. The Wilverine had to stop for gummy bears quite a few times.
We stopped for lunch on the way up at the watchtower. Take the watchtower trail; do not take the hump trail. The views on the watchtower trail were spectacular and the elevation was not nearly as extreme.
After the watchtower, the trail gets very rocky and narrow. If you look over the edge of the trail, the valley bottom is a long way down.
The first lake you encounter is Heather Lake. Next up is Aster Lake and then Emerald. The last lake is Pear Lake.
We camped at Emerald Lake and were the only people in the camp. We saw only a few people the entire time on the mountain and it was awesome.
If you are in the area and have a chance to hike or backpack the Lakes Trail, we encourage you to do it. It was a really cool trip.
We love us some big trees and there is simply no better place to see big trees than Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest.
We hiked all over the Giant Forest and spent time with General Sherman, the Congress, the Senate, and the President. We also saw many other giant trees like Chief Sequoya. Although the Wilverine complained about hiking the whole time we still had fun. What a cool place!
General Sherman is a huge tree. Sherman is the largest tree in the world. The Wilverine says “it is the fattest, reddest tree I have ever seen and it got struck by lightning, which is why the top quit growing. If you go here, you are going to see a big fat red tree that does not grow at the top. It is a really cool tree and you should go see it.” My mom says it’s like a human because it has quit growing up, but is still growing out.
On the Congress trail, you can see the Senate, the House, and the President. The Wilverine says “the President was huge. That is it.”
Giants are everywhere in the Sequoias. Chief Sequoyah and the McKinley tree were massive.
We are running our base camp from Dorst Creek Campground, site number 65. It is a walk-in tent only site and it is the best site ever. We have access to the river and can run free without bothering anyone.
We are backpacking as well and will post about our trip to Emerald Lake later. It is a 15-mile round trip backpacking trip with almost 5000 feet of elevation change. Hard core!
On the road again and telling about it as we go . . .