Basics: This is a moderate loop hike among Giant Sequoias in King Canyon National Park. Although I have never visited this particular trailhead, I have heard good things about it!
Lots of options: This hike has an even easier option for those who wish to take their time and limit their miles. Bonus: yes, there is a peak to bag for those who are wiling to put in 4 extra miles (Big Baldy).
Selling Points: Largest of all sequoia groves, vista points, fern-lined creek, historic logging site, a meadow
The Plan: Those carpooling from Bakersfield will leave the Flying J at 6:30am. We will meet anyone else who wishes to drive straight to the Redwood Canyon TH at 9:00. The moderate hike follows a 10 mile loop called the Redwood Mountain Loop. If some members are feeling tired they can shave off 3 1/2 of these miles by taking a shortcut back to the cars. For those who wish to hike Big Baldy in addition to these ten miles, you will need to make sure you carpool with like-minded people because the TH is a short drive from the Redwood Mountain Loop. Not to mention the spanking pace you'll probably have to walk the loop in. I would like to have everyone back at the cars by 5:00 to allow time for us to get down the mountain and home at a reasonable hour with a possible stop for dinner.
Loop: 10 Miles, TH elev 6,200', Total Gain 2,300'
Big Baldy: 4 Miles, TH elev 7,500' , Total Gain 982' (piece of cake!)
Short Loop: 6 1/2 Miles
For more details and a map to the TH, please see a submission to Summit Post by Mark Doiron:
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