Crescent Meadow and the High Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park

After we saw General Sherman and hiked Moro Rock, we drove to the Crescent Meadow trailhead to do some more hiking. On our way, this guy ran in front of our vehicle.

 

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Black bears are extremely active here in Sequoia National Park! There are warning signs everywhere. They also suggest NOT leaving food visible inside vehicles because the bears will try to get in to get it. They are smart and resourceful. Not to mention, cute!

Anyway, we parked at Crescent Meadow and Jordan and I decided to do a short hike on the High Sierra Trail. This is a 60 mile trail that goes all the way to Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Lower 48. Sounds like an epic backpacking trip, no? We met a man on the trail doing just that and I was pretty jealous.

 

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We decided to wander. We hiked the Crescent Meadow loop to Log Meadow and then to Eagle View. I had no idea what awaited at Eagle View, but it sounded like a good idea.

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This had to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

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John Muir called Crescent Meadow “the gem of the Sierras”-he was right

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It was so peaceful. And we had just seen the bear so we were on high alert!

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Log Meadow

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Once we got to the High Sierra Trail, we headed toward Eagle View.

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And BAM.

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Spending quality time with Jordan and my parents to share my love of hiking and the outdoors with them was pretty incredible.

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my happy place

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Spending time in the Sierras was life-changing. It opened up a whole new world of hiking.  I love the Adirondacks; the high peaks feel like home. But there is just something different about hiking in the Sierras. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

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The hike we did was short. I’m not sure how far we actually walked because my watch died. We met my parents back at the car and it was time to say goodbye to the Sequoias, the Sierras, and California. It was time to begin part two of our adventure.

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A great view of Moro Rock as we left the Park

 

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