Camping Trip to Sequoia (Meteor Shower Included)

  • August 10, 2012 · 5:00 PM
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I booked 4 campsites


"Belknap is a gorgeous area located at the southern end of Sequoia Nation

It is right off Nelson Drive, just a few minutes from a charming town called Camp Nelson. At "Camp Nelson" there is a small motel, convenience store, and gas. You also pass through a beautiful town called Springville, which has shops and restaurants.al Forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The campground has all the basic facilities, including sinks and bathrooms. The sites are very private due to the huge trees. The trees are breath taking, and you can see one giant Sequoia after the other. Some of the giant Sequoias are right in the middle of the camp ground and are unbelievable. If you want to see more giants, there is the "Trail of Giant" which starts right around the camp site.



Since the camp site is high up in the mountains (4,000 ft +), the camp site gets chilly and night and in the early morning. It starts warming up around 10am so make sure to bring warms clothes and a hat. The cold weather makes for great camp fires and night. Since the sights were very private, we were able to play games, play music, and have a roaring fire without disturbing our neighbors. There is a river that runs through the site, which is beautiful. You can hike along this river, and get some great pictures. In the summer, the river offers a refreshing place to stop and dip your feet. There are also many quiet and private locations along the river which make for good fishing or reading. Fishing requires some level of skill and the river is not stocked. We did see some fishermen though with some good looking trout. 

Belknap was one of the best and most fun camp sites we have ever been too. We are trying to make it a tradition to go there every year. The scenery is amazing, and the camp site is well designed." - Reviewer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perseids are considered by many people to be the year’s best shower, and often peak at 50 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky. The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. These meteors are often bright and frequently leave persistent trains. Starting at mid to late evening on the nights of August 11/12 and 12/13, watch for the Perseid meteors to streak across this short summer night from late night until dawn, with only a little interference from the waning crescent moon.

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  • Olia V.

    Thanks everyone for uploading pics! It was a fun trip! Made me wanna start camping regularly again :)

    August 16, 2012

  • Jason

    When you guys have time please share some photos of the trip...I know we took some during our short stroll on Saturday morning..:-]

    August 15, 2012

    • Heather P.

      You mean our epic quest for the Golden Fleece??? Haha, I got some good pics, I'll try to post them up today or tomorrow.

      August 15, 2012

    • Jason

      Nice reference...At least we didn't run into a Minotaur

      August 15, 2012

  • Olia V.

    I wish we had shared food and supplies.

    August 13, 2012

  • Jason

    We should be set with all the carpools...Please let me know if you are having any issues coordinating.

    August 10, 2012

  • Monique

    Is anyone leaving late night Friday or early on Saturday to go camping?

    August 9, 2012

  • Isac O.

    I can bring mine,

    August 9, 2012

  • Olia V.

    Any onens bringing an ax for chopping wood? I can't find mine...

    August 9, 2012

  • Olia V.

    Yeay to camp fires!!! I strongly recommend to buy firewood near the camp. When I camped in MI invasive tree species was a huge problem because of this.

    August 9, 2012

    • Iris

      I believe I read that outside wood isn't allowed because of invasive species. You must purchase your fire wood there.

      August 9, 2012

    • Iris

      Here's a copy of the posting about firewood: Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

      August 9, 2012

  • Jason

    Anyone have an extra tent? I'm already lending out my extra tent and someone else asked for one. Just send me an e-mail if you do.

    August 9, 2012

    • Iris

      I have an extra 2 person tent that's like 15yrs old. Only used once still in get condition. They can also rent a tent for REI for as little as $22

      August 9, 2012

  • Jason

    Yes we can buy wood and use it. Usually $4 or $5 a bundle.

    August 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't think using forest wood is allowed on any national or state Forrest - so if fires are allowed, it might be a good idea to buy it down here and bring it up (possibly cheaper). ... That is if fires are allowed. Jason, do we know for sure?

    August 9, 2012

  • Jason

    the email said meal suggestions....I was just giving you guys ideas for meals...you are responsible for your own food....We can share but I won't be organizing that...I have a portable stove and I'm sure there will be a few more....we can have campfires with wood and cook over it also

    August 9, 2012

  • Craig

    Jason, thanks for planning all of this and for the last email detailing the rest of the plans. But can you clarify the meals? you list meals but also note that we should be bringing our own food. So you want me to bring enough sausage just for me?

    August 9, 2012

  • Olia V.

    Jason, will we be able to cook on open fire on a grill? Do we need to bring coals for that or can we use forest wood? Are camp fires even allowed?

    August 9, 2012

  • Jason

    I opened two spots up but you'll need to ride in a carpool in order to join us. If you sign up please let me know via e-mail what area you're in and what time you can leave.

    August 8, 2012

  • Monique

    I may have to lose out on my spot if carpooling DOESN'T work out due to financial constraints.:(

    August 7, 2012

  • Monique

    I'm willing to carpool with someone, I live in Montrose (north Glendale), but I'm not sure what time I'm leaving yet.

    August 7, 2012

    • Wendy

      I'm down for carpooling too but unsure about departure time yet. Will only know by Thursday afternoon. Leaving from Long Beach so can pick up anyone along the way if that works out!

      August 7, 2012

    • Jason

      Thanks for the info on carpools....I'll send out matches based on time and locations and so we're not inundated with e-mails asking who is available...We have very limited space and we'll probably be charged extra ($5/car) because they only allow 1 vehicle per site. For those still waiting to see when they can leave, just e-mail me when you know for sure.

      August 7, 2012

  • Shannon

    I might be able to take my own vehicle and accommodate 2 other people in the Burbank/Glendale area but I will be leaving early Friday. About noon .... I will leave Sunday about noon as well.

    August 7, 2012

  • Jason

    They do not have bear lockers. You can buy or rent a bear canister. I'm just locking my food in a cooler in my trunk.

    August 7, 2012

  • Shannon

    I'm assuming this site has bear lockers for our food? Anyone know?

    August 7, 2012

  • Jason

    I might need to rent a van because we may have too many cars for the campsite...I'm waiting on a few more people to respond to the carpool e-mail I sent yesterday. I'll start sending carpool info out tomorrow night.

    August 6, 2012

  • Jason

    There have been 2 spots available for the last week.....Since people are discouraged from signing up when they see the long waiting list I will be removing everyone from the wait list. You can always come back and sign up again, but you will have to commit to going.

    July 29, 2012

    • Jason

      Hi Misty...the spots are full and you're on a waiting list

      August 5, 2012

  • Lani

    I want to go... Anybody got an extra room in their tent for little ol' me?

    August 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in car pooling and driving up Friday morning- maybe hitting hot springs on the way? ...from the San Fernando Valley??

    August 1, 2012

  • Jason

    Anytime a spot opens, an e-mail is automatically sent out, notifying people on the wait list. It's available to everyone on a first come first serve basis. Usually spots open only one at a time, but sometimes two if they have a guest.

    July 23, 2012

  • Magg'Nutty

    Are the spots still available? I'll take them!

    July 23, 2012

  • Debbie

    is this tent camping or can i sleep in my van camper?

    July 23, 2012

  • Magg'Nutty

    Did a spot just open up? If room for two open up Pick Me Pick Me! :)

    July 22, 2012

  • Monique

    Shannon, I want to go, but I can't paypal this. Can you call or text me at[masked]? Thanks!

    July 17, 2012

  • Lani

    Sorry Jason things came up at work I won't be able to go now.

    June 25, 2012

  • Jason

    Hi Iris...Meetup automatically sends out an e-mail to everyone on the waiting list when a spot opens up. I moved a few people from the going list back to the waiting list and so a couple of spots were available... Shannon responded first and paid for two spots...I anticipate a few more spaces will become available soon.

    June 25, 2012

  • Iris

    Just receive a email saying a spot was open. Would love to take the spot if it is still open. New to this so I'm not sure what to do.

    June 25, 2012

  • ♦️Chris M.

    Looking forward to another great trip. Big Sur was awesome - looking forward to reconnecting with wonderful people from that trip and meeting some new ones as well. I will be sure to bring my coffee maker and stoves setup.

    1 · June 25, 2012

  • Zandra

    I can't get time off work and have to change my rsvp. I know you will all have an amazing time!!!

    June 25, 2012

  • Jason

    I believe it has been a week since I sent an e-mail to those currently on the going list. It has all the info about confirming your spot on the camping trip. Most of you haven't done so. I will start moving people off the going list to make room for those on the waiting list starting tomorrow unless you confirm your spot or send me an e-mail letting me know if you need more time.

    June 24, 2012

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