March 29, 2017 Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

A Second Trip Up to the Sequoia Groves

Sunny, warm weather predicted for today, so I headed out early again hoping for cloud free skies up in the mountains.

Sequoia Black Bear

Sequoia Black Bear

On the way up, I spotted a dark spot way up above the road, fortunately right where there happened to be a turnoff. Unfortunately, today, not expecting to be shooting any wildlife, I had left my big, bulky 600mm lens at home and only had my 200-400mm with me.

Sequoia Black Bear

Sequoia Black Bear

So, not as sharp as I would like and unable to get any real close shots. This is one of, if not the largest black bear I have ever seen, easily has to be in the 400 pound range I would guess. Not sure, but judging from the size of him, and that incredible girth, I would guess that he doesn’t need to hibernate here in the Sierras, but probably just descends in elevation to find year round feed.

Sequoia Black Bear

Sequoia Black Bear

Several other folks stopped when they saw me there with my tripod set up and camera pointed way up the hill and I had a nice chat with a young couple from Argentina.

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

The roads up in the groves were a little drier and safer today as the temps remained just above freezing and thus, there were a few more folks up here.

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

I read in the local paper that the snowpack in the Sierras this winter is as much as 190% of normal after years of very little snow and rain. They are expecting flooding and full reservoirs this year after many years of severe drought. The extremely wet weather has certainly changed my travel plans as I had hoped to travel the coast all the way north through the state. But with road washouts, mudslides and even bridge damage due to slides, there are several sections of the coastal highway that are closed to travel this spring, some sections closed for as much as a year while road and bridge rebuilding work goes on.

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

As you probably are aware, these sequoias are the largest living things on earth, based on volume , not height. Some of these tree trunks pictured are easily 20 feet or more in diameter.

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

The weather forecast looks pretty spotty going forward as I hope to move a little north and at least get to drive into Yosemite National Park. Even with road closures there, snow still falling, and temps still dropping below freezing, all open campsites in the park are reserved and there is no place to camp within a 40 mile drive of the park. This is becoming the new normal, either make reservations a year in advance or forget about getting into the national parks.

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3 thoughts on “March 29, 2017 Sequoia National Park, California

  1. Lisa

    Bob,
    This was on of my most favorite trips I have ever taken. I stayed in the yurt tents with Tori when she was about 4 years old. Those majestic trees made me feel like I was in a fairy tale. I am very jealous at the moment! Can’t wait to see more.
    Lisa

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  2. Al & Sharon Florida

    I have read reports from several people over the last few years where they check the Yosemite reservation system, starting about a week before they plan on staying in Yosemite and have been successful in grabbing a recently canceled reservation.

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    1. ramcquade Post author

      Thanks for the tip, but with 4 inches of rain forecast for Friday and Saturday, I think I will play it safe and stay way out in Mariposa at the fairgrounds and not take the chance of getting trapped in Yosemite by a washed out road, since at this time there is only one road open into the park.

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