Sequoia Camping Trip, April 23-26, 2004
This was my first real trip with the RoadTrek. I crammed a lot of driving and camping
into a 3 day weekend but had a great time doing so.
I drove up to the rest area at Gorman on a Thursday night (to avoid L.A. traffic), got
up the next morning and entered Sequoia National Park from the south around 10:00 a.m.
On Friday I did some sightseeing at Moro Rock, the General Sherman Tree
and checked out the Lodgepole Campground. I decided not to camp there as there
were about 10 campers scattered in the 100+ spaces and I wanted more privacy, so after
hunting a NF Ranger down at the west exit of the National Park and getting a
fire permit, I hunted down Camp1, a beautiful meadow on
Tenmile Creek, south of Hume Lake, just outside of the National Park,
on National Forest Service land.
The second day I did more sightseeing.
The day started with a short hike up the Tenmile Creek meadow and back,
then drove down into the King Canyon to the end of the River Valley,
stopping at Grizzly and Roaring River Falls. Then I drove back
up out of the canyon and visited beautiful but sad Stump Meadow.
As the afternoon wore on, I checked out virtuually every road the Van could
navigate. I ended up chosing Camp2 as a good spot
for Saturday Night on the Hoist Ridge, not 5 miles from
the National Park and the world famous Grant Grove.
The third day I did more sightseeing, with a little hike
to Chicago Stump and around the meadow there, then a quick drive over to
Grant Grove, seeing the General Grant Tree and visiting the
Ranger Station. I thought I would try another camping spot, so I left
the park to the west and south. I went as far south as Pinehurst, realizing as
I was going that we were on more and more private property. So after about
40 miles of extra driving,Iwe turned back, rentered the park, exited it on the north
side and and camped again (Sunday night) at Camp2 on
National Forest Service Land.
On Monday morning I got up and drove pretty much straight home. It
probably took about 7 hours from door to door and the timing (on the
way back) is just right to put you thru L.A. before the 5:00 rush hour.
So I arrived on Monday in good shape, feeling nothing but joy from the