Calaveras Big Trees - South Grove

Setting and Route:
2020-07-23
07:12 to 10:18 AM
Calaveras Big Trees - South Grove
Temp 62F to 74F. Slight wind. Estimated 3-7 mph, depending on location and time.
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/calaveras-south-grove-trail-65b0df2

Observations:
A gem of a hike for an early weekday morning. Didn't see a soul, except trees, flowers, birds, squirrels and chipmunks. In contrast, I ended a hike here on Saturday at 1PM and passed 97 people in the last mile and a half. Go early!
The hike starts at Beaver Creek. The actual Sequoia Grove (South Grove) starts about a mile into the hike, where you pass a lumber road. There's a nice view of Big Trees Creek and a sign that says,
"This forest has preceeded you by many thousand years;
Please treat it with honor and respect."
Once in the grove, there are Giant Sequoias, standing alone and in pairs, towering above you, bigger at the base than a typical living room. Their red bark stands out. There are over 1,000 Sequoias in the grove, but just a few along the trail. Along the way, there is a lot to see and the sound of Big Trees Creek helps to keep you feeling cool.

Posted by kendalloei kendalloei, August 01, 2020 23:20

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American Trailplant Adenocaulon bicolor

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 09:01 AM PDT

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Bigleaf Maple Acer macrophyllum

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 08:00 AM PDT

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Douglas' Squirrel Tamiasciurus douglasii

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 08:41 AM PDT

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Diffuse Groundsmoke Gayophytum diffusum

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 07:51 AM PDT

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Grand Collomia Collomia grandiflora

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 07:50 AM PDT

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Pine Violet Viola lobata

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 09:00 AM PDT

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Hartweg's Wild Ginger Asarum hartwegii

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 09:06 AM PDT

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Beaked Hazelnut Corylus cornuta

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 09:17 AM PDT

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False Solomon's Seal Maianthemum racemosum

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 09:39 AM PDT

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Scarlet Monkeyflower Erythranthe cardinalis

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kendalloei

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July 23, 2020 09:47 AM PDT

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