Place: Sequoia National Park, California
Coordinates: 36.74969, -118.973005
Length: 2 miles
After completing the obligatory walk around the Grant Grove, my friend and I were up for a more serious hike. We didn't have the time for anything too long so we headed to the end of the parking lot where the trailhead for the 2-miles long Dead Sequoia loop was.
|Our hike, as captured by my GPS, superimposed on satellite image.|
As we were coming round the loop, starting to head back up again, we came upon a sinister scene: the remains of a forest fire.
|Sequoia at the edge of the fire|
On our Dead Sequoia Hike, my friend and I were snowshoeing at the edge of the Rough Fire Area. We walked solemnly between the burnt trees, smelling the ashes that were still hanging in the air, months after that fire was put out.
|Giant Sequoia: resistant but not invincible.|
|Rough Fire Aftermath|
And then again, I was very happy for any tree that had survived. Particularly if it was sequoia.
Higher up we were out of the fire zone and back in the realm of living trees. Baby trees that would never have survived had the fire reached them were tucked under a thick blanket of snow, waiting for the spring melt.
|Crumbling Snow Fort|
|A winter evergreen. Manzanita.|
|The home stretch|