This hike takes us from the rear of Qaking Aspen campground, down the trail along the north side of the creek, through the heart of the Freeman Creek Sequoia Grove, to the George Bush Tree near Lloyd Meadow Road.
Freeman Creek Grove –The pristine Freeman Creek Grove of giant sequoias is well removed from the tourist circuit, treating hikers to the thrill of discovery. Straightforward and well maintained, the trail meets the first giant sequoias well within the first mile, and doles them out in generous helpings all along the way. Handsome, dignified, and well proportioned amidst other large conifers and robust foliage, they are more majestic in this setting than when you find them fenced and surrounded by shutterbugs. Our trail also treats us to views of castellated Hermit Rock (8, 465 feet), on a ridge 2. 5 miles to the north.
DIRECTIONS: From Porterville take Highway 190 east through Springville and 21.4 miles to Quaking Aspen Campground. The upper Freeman Creek trail head is located in rear of the campground.
Length: 8.6 mi
Elevation Gain: 1,550 ft (on the return trip back up)
Skill Level: Moderately demanding, because of a 1,550-foot elevation loss and gain. Duration 4 to 5 hours. The normal season is April through mid-November.
Equipment needed: There could be some ice and snow in shady areas. Bring traction devices like YakTrax or Micro spikes. Even though low temperatures are predicted above freezing for the next week and a high temperature at Quaking Aspen to be 57 on Saturday, try to bring some. Better safe than sorry, ice is very conducive to slips and falls.
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014. At trail head, 9:00am. Dinner afterwards in Porterville???
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