Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park

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    High Sierra Trail

    by chewy3326 Written Oct 22, 2005

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    Great Western Divide

    If I knew how beautiful this trail would be, I would've alloted way more time on it. From Crescent Meadow, the trail begins by climbing gently through sequoias in Giant Forest. While hiking this trail, you'll notice a distinct line where the sequoias end- it's puzzling, that the sequoias can grow in one area but not an area about three feet away. Then you'll leave the forest and hike onto a glorious mountain slope. Here you'll see the devestation of the Buckeye Fire, as well as having sweeping views of Moro Rock, Castle Rocks, and the peaks of the Great Western Divide. The best view comes at Eagle View, 3/4 mile from the trailhead. Here the Great Western Divide towers over the canyon of the Middle Fork Kaweah River. You can turn back here, but I kept hiking after this for another 1/2 mile. The views don't get too much better, but you can still see the Great Western Divide. It's one of my wishes to hike the High Sierra Trail from Crescent Meadow to Mt. Whitney sometime in the future.

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