My California - A Day in Kings Canyon

in SoCal Steemit3 months ago

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For this weeks Show Us Your California contest by @socalsteemit I spend a day exploring...

Kings Canyon!!

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After finishing my adventure on the Silliman Crest I grabbed some lunch at the Lodgepole visitor center and then headed north into Kings Canyon National park. I took the shortcut passed Hume lake and then dropped down into the massive canyon. I got a nice campsite at the Moraine campground and then spent the rest of the day exploring all the sights in the canyon. This was my first time ever at Cedar Grove, so I still had to check out all the touristy stuff. lol.

Hume Lake

South Fork of the Kings River

First I hiked up the Don Cecil trail and checked out the Sheep creek cascade. Which was a beautiful set of small waterfalls in a lovely lush little canyon. After that I checked out Knapp Cabin. An old cabin that was built by George Owen Knapp in the early 1900's for hunting and fishing. It was in surprisingly good condition including old artifacts, especially given it's close proximity to the main road.

Don Cecil trailhead

Sheep Creek Cascade

Sheep Creek Cascade

Sheep Creek Cascade

Views from the Don Cecil trail

The Knapp Cabin

Artifacts inside the Knapp Cabin

After that I drove down to Roads End where I was able to get my permit for my next adventure and then went and sat on John Muir Rock for a bit. The rock stands about five feet high above a beautiful pool in the river with a nice big flat top that, in the past, made the stage for many of John Muir's speeches advocating for wildlands conservation, and now days it's a popular swimming spot. After a quick dip in the water I headed down the River trail which follows along the river eventually going through Zumwalt meadows and ending at Roaring river falls. After that I headed back to the campground and got my gear ready for my next big adventure and enjoyed a lovely evening by the river.

Views from John Muir Rock

Crossing a bridge on the River Trail

Zumwalt Meadow and North Dome

Zumwalt Meadow

Playing with a small Gopher snake

Evening by the Kings River

Until next time...

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into

My California!!

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all photos by @derekrichardson

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Congratulations @derekrichardson, your post won 1st prize in this weeks Show us Your California contest!!

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