Kings River – Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia National Park – Snowshoeing

Middle Fork Trail

I am slow in getting this up but a few weeks ago I got a new digital SLR camera and wanted to test it out so I headed up to Sequoia for some hiking/snowshoeing and of course picture taking.  Unfortunately, I didn’t do any camping this time around.  I had to work so I needed to make sure I had internet access.  I was able to get a good deal on a hotel in Three Rivers for three nights so I headed up Thursday evening.

Friday evening I headed into the foothills of the park and did some hiking up to and along the middle fork trail. 

The weather in the foothills was perfect for an evening hike and with the Great Western Divide looming over me I was soon wishing I had my tent and sleeping bag with me.  Alas I did

Dinner on the trail

 not.  So after making myself some dinner I headed back out to get a good night sleep at my hotel eager to get an early start in the morning.

It is great to get back up into the Sierras.  I can’t wait until it get a bit warmer, the snow starts to melt, and I can spend a few days in the backcountry.

More to come…
Another view from the Middle Fork Trail

It’s Open

Plowing Tioga Road through Tuolumne Meadows

It appears that most of the roads into the sierras are now open including (as of this morning) Tioga Road.  However no camping, lodging, or other services will be available along the road.

Yosemite Nature Notes – Frazil Ice

Cool video from Yosemite… Enjoy:

Los Padres National Forest, Jalama Beach, & La Purisima Mission

Here is another picture from my drive through the Los Padres National Forest: 

A lone tree in the forest.
A lone tree in the forest.

After exiting out of the national forest I headed up north along the 101 and the PCH and camped at Jalama Beach.  Here are a couple of pictures from there: 

The road to Jalama.
The road to Jalama.
Fishing the shoreline.
Fishing the shoreline.
Railroad tracks at the beach.
Railroad tracks at the beach.

The next morning I continued up the PCH to Lompoc and stopped off at the La Purisima Mission State Park.  I love taking pictures of missions.  Here are a couple from this trip: 

Under the arch.
Covered walkway
Columns
Mission creek
Mission creek

Los Padres National Forest

I took a drive this weekend through Los Padres National Forest near Frasier Park.  I had been dying to get up into the mountains and hoped to do some car camping.  Unfortunately the higher elevation camp grounds were still closed for the winter. 

Mt. Pinos area of Los Padres National Forest
Stargazers at Mt. Pinos

One of the many snow melt/rain runoff ravines coming out of the higher elevations.
Mud flow
Mud flow close-up
Mud flow close-up

Even More Pictures

And a few more: