This is an EASY to MODERATE hike, on trail, suitable for families. The hike is 4.3 miles one way, or 8.6 round trip. If you only want to hike one way, we can arrange to leave your vehicle at the second trailhead so you don't have to hike back. The elevation gain is negligible, making it one of the flattest hikes you'll find in the mountains! After driving to Camp Nelson on Hwy 190, we'll hike among giant sequoias, visiting the Wheel Meadow Grove, the McIntyre Grove, and possibly the Bear Creek Grove. There are other connecting trails we can explore if anyone wants to hike a little farther.
I will meet Bakersfield hikers in Porterville, at the Olive Ave. Starbuck's, at 8 am. To get to the meeting place, you must continue on Hwy 65 PAST the Hwy 190 turnoff, to the Olive Ave. exit. Once you exit, turn right and the Starbucks will immediately be on your right. Bakersfield hikers can arrange carpooling in the comments section below.
I hope we will be hiking by 9:30 and be done by early to mid afternoon.
This is the first time I will be doing this hike, so I'm afraid I can't give many more details. It will be an adventure!
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