It’s always fun meeting new people on the trail. These two ladies were the only other ones we saw the morning my husband and I hiked the Cold Springs Nature Trail. We took turns passing each other while pausing every so often to gaze upon the beauty of nature.
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This little book has been the guide to my best adventures in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
Each summer, for the past nine years, I’ve slowly, one by one, hiked one or more of the magnificent trails found in the pages of this book.
Now, I have six left.
If it all works out, next week another one will be explored: The Cold Springs Nature Trail. This trail is located in a part of Sequoia National Park that I have yet to visit. Needless-to-say, I’m very excited about this upcoming adventure.
I hope to post a description of the hike along with pictures next week.
It’s been one year since I started blogging on Paths to Adventure & Praise! What a wonderful blessing it has been to me, digging in the Psalms and discovering all those uplifting praise verses.
This week, I will be rummaging through my pictures and posting some of the paths/trails that I have explored, matching them up with an appropriate Psalm.
It wasn’t long after we began our adventure that we saw our first glimpse of Big Baldy.
The object of our hike was on a hill, blanketed in evergreens. Several areas of barren rock peeked out from behind the trees. Big Baldy, at 8,209 feet in elevation, popped up from the top of the hill and cascaded down the mountainside. It wore its name proudly, as the rock did indeed resemble a bald head and the trees a receding hairline.
We trekked around this balding spot in the mountainside and climbed to its top.
What a spectacular vision that was!
From the top of Big Baldy, jaw-dropping scenes greeted us from every direction. There were no trees to block the stunning views of the rough, jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. These sharp, blue-gray granite rocks made the rolling, tree-laden green mountains in front of them appear as mere hills. Their pointy teeth reached toward the azure sky and were sprinkled in pure white snow, left over from winter.
We could see 360 degrees from this vantage point, looking far into the backcountry of Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park and parts of the Sierra National Forest.
Everywhere we turned, there was breath-taking scenery. To the north, Nelson Mountain and Eagle Peak, near Courtright Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest, were visible. Also to the north, we could see Spanish Mountain, Obelisk, Castle Peak, Mount Goddard and other serrated peaks of northern Kings Canyon National Park.
Located to the east, are the Great Western Divide, the Kaweah Peaks, Mount Silliman and Alta Peak; to the southeast, is the famous Sawtooth Peak.
This concludes the Big Baldy Ridge Hike. Thanks for stopping by and reading!
Because it was early spring when we embarked upon our hike, mountain wildflowers were in abundance. Light pink pussy paws, resembling little fluffy cotton balls, sprouted from the rocky ground. Tiny, bright yellow wildflowers, attached to long green stems, turned their petals towards the warm sun. Hot pink, trumpet-shaped skyrockets sprung out from little bushes, which found places to grow inside the cleft of nearby rocks.
The most common flower on our hike was the Douglas phlox. These white, delicate blossoms, with their intense green, bush-like stems, grew in bunches and hugged the ground all along the trail.
This easy trail is only four miles long, round trip. It begins in the woods and slowly climbs up to Big Baldy’s exposed rocky ridge. The dirt path along the Big Baldy Ridge Trail winds its way in and out of a deep, green pine and fir forest, interchanging with wide open, rock-strewn spaces. The underbrush, as well as the rocky sections, are scattered with native mahogany-barked bushes such as chinquapin and manzanita. Large, gray boulders are interspersed throughout the entire route.
However, not all of the boulders are gray.
One of the most striking sights along the trail is a collection of large, pink quartz boulders, which sparkle like gems in the sunlight. These rose-colored rocks are smattered with white, black and yellow minerals, adding depth to their color. Vivid, yellow flowers with their lacy, pale green stems cover the hillside, filling in around the stones.
Thank you for reading “The Big Baldy Ridge Hike!” Stay tuned for tomorrow. I will be posting pictures of the nice variety of wildflowers, which grow along this trail!
Like a dimpled, naked scalp, Big Baldy juts its light gray head out among a forest of dark coniferous trees. The ridge, named after this bald spot in the forest, climbs high above the San Joaquin Valley and towers over the verdant crowns of the giant sequoia trees in neighboring Redwood Canyon.
Earlier this spring, my husband Dan and I decided to hike the Big Baldy Ridge Trail, located just inside the north entrance to Sequoia National Park in central California.