Camping at Cold Springs (Sequoia National Park)

California is a beautiful state. Back in June I hiked Alta Peak in Sequoia National Park. This past weekend I returned to Sequoia National Park with Pam and two friends; we camped at Cold Springs in the Mineral King area. The air was brisk. The water at the campground had been turned off for the season. We were excited to try out our new tent and camping gear.

Pam building a fire.

A respectable campsite needs a fire.

On Saturday we hiked in the Mineral King Valley. The yellow fall foliage was a beautiful sight. I miss the glorious fall foliage of Pennsylvania, and this was a glimpse of something similar (even if it was all yellow).

Mineral King 1

Mineral

Mineral King 4

Sawtooth Peak and Sawtooth Pass were very cool to see from the valley.

Sawtooth Peak in the middle of Sawtooth Pass.

Sawtooth Peak in the middle of Sawtooth Pass.

The valley had lots of interesting peaks and passes.

Mineral King 10

Mineral King 9

The last time I was at high elevation in the Sequoia Mountains I marveled at the healthy and vigorous Arctostaphylos. This time I did the same thing.

camping 3

We hiked partially up one ridge to explore the springs and stream. A series of waterfalls beckoned.

Mineral King 11

Mineral King 12

I posed with a small redwood. It looked so tiny compared to the big ones we had seen on the drive to the campground (and the ones we would see the next day).

camping 2

The spring water was icy cold and decorated with leaves.

Mineral King 2

Pam

On Sunday Pam and I stopped at Atwell Mill to see some redwoods up close. We took some pictures with the impressive trees.

Atwell Mill 2

Atwell Mill 3

It was good to spend some time with friends, laugh, talk, hike, eat and drink, and enjoy life for the weekend. I suspect I’ll visit Sequoia National Park again.

P.S. Here is a link to Pam’s account of the trip.

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