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    Adam Criswell


    Locale: Northern California

    Weekend trip along the Hart Tree and Fallen Goliath Loop Trail:

    Trip organized by Jack "The Snow Magnet" Elliot.

    Trippers: Jack Elliot, Josh Elliot, Jeremy Elliot, Brian Conrad, Adam Criswell

    We had a great trip but had to cut it short due to unexpected snowfall. Here is a little photo essay, hope you enjoy!

    Kings Canyon Trailhead Sign


    Last minute adjustments and general joking around before heading off on our "serious" trek.


    Attempting to help out some unprepared Jeep driver. No shovel, no chains, no winch.

    big tree

    There were some massive trees.



    more big trees

    Feeling small.



    Are we lost?


    peeping out

    purple shrooom

    Cute little purple mushrooms.

    orange thing

    Not sure what this is but looks like an alien egg case.


    sun tree

    One of the few moments where the sun came through.



    more flowers

    more big trees

    big trees

    Playing around with sticks and stuff.



    poor tree

    Poor tree will never be the same.

    more trees

    Brian in the Hart Tree

    Brian in the Hart Tree.


    The photographer gets his picture taken.

    more shrooms

    more shrooms

    more shrooms

    You get the idea, there were lots of mushrooms.


    … and ladybugs.


    Home for the night.

    MMMMM, popcorn!

    MMMMMM, Popcorn!


    with butter.

    fire stove

    Cooking over homemade stove.




    Alien visitor.


    Good morning snow.

    snow tents

    more snow


    snow and trees



    Tracking bear.



    more snow


    more snow






    We made it! From left to right: Jeremy, Jack, Brian, Josh, Adam

    Thanks for the snow Jack!

    Ken Helwig
    BPL Member


    Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA

    Great photos guys….those Redwoods are HUGE!

    David W.
    BPL Member


    Locale: East Bay, CA

    Great photo essay. It looked like excellent scenery and company.

    I was in Fresno on Friday morning getting ready when my sister-in-law went into labor, which meant going up to the bay area and not getting back until Saturday night. As it was raining in the valley, I was thinking of the fun you guys must be having up in the Sierra. I am very sorry I missed this trip.

    Chris Kopp


    Locale: SoCal

    Very nice report! Like the mushroom pics!

    Tom Clark
    BPL Member


    Locale: East Coast

    Great trip report. I'm sure your camera captured a much different trip than one I would have, and BPL is better for that.

    Rick Horne
    BPL Member


    Locale: NorCal - South Bay - Campbell

    Great pictures

    From mushrooms to big trees.

    Andy Duncan
    BPL Member


    Locale: SoCal

    Great photos, thanks for posting. Jacks myog stove is amazing, I never thought of cooking ul popcorn. Nice!

    Ken Helwig
    BPL Member


    Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA

    Jack is good at bringing out the unexpected food at night. Popcorn is way cool!

    Backpack Jack
    BPL Member


    Locale: Armpit of California

    Thanks for starting the thread Adam, I will try to post some pic's tonight

    Backpack Jack
    BPL Member


    Locale: Armpit of California

    I would like to thank everyone who made it on this trip, even though we had to cut it short I had a great time. Looks like I'm going to have to give everything a bath though, I didn't get eveything unpacked quick enough, and I have some odd smells going on with gear. The first day of the trip was beautiful as far as weather was concerned, a little foggy when we left the parking lot, but it cleared up nicely, with patchy blue skies, and hints of sun shine peaking through the great big Sequoia trees.


    blue skies

    big tree

    The first day hiking was great, it took quite a while to cover aprox. 6.5 miles, 1. We were all stopping and looking at the huge trees, 2. We were trying out our new cameras (me, and Adam), and 3 Was the horrendous death cones from above that we had to walk on, it was like walking on huge marbles, twisting ankles, knees, not fun, I don't know if they do any trail maintenance, it may have been that we were hiking a little early in the season before they started any trail maintenance, enough of that more pictures!

    Trying out the macro setting.


    Water log.

    water log

    I want to say thanks to Adam for helping me understand how to use my camera a little better, it shows in some of the pic's I took on this trip. I think we may have a new photo junkie in BPL (Adam) He was taking some great pictures, I think he likes his new camera.

    We both took this shot, my little cave of mushrooms!


    Brought to you by PAN-O-VISION, I should have taken more frames of this view.


    One of my favorite trees on this hike, kind of looks like something from the Wizard of OZ.


    This came out a little blurry, but not bad for cold hands, no tripod, and macro zoom.


    I'll try to post more this week.

    Aaron Benson


    Locale: Central Valley California

    Thanks for this great report, gentlemen. Super pictures!

    I've a girlfriend who enjoys backpacking low(er) mileage trips and this trip looks great for that. We're out of Fresno so it's not too far away. According to the Kings Canyon NP website there is a two night limit in Redwood Canyon, which is perfect for a couple of low mileage days. With that, I've a few questions, if I may:

    I'd love to get out there and do this trail before the summer (what summer?) hits. It seems that the Jeep in the picture got stuck on the same road that leads to the trail head? Were you guys equipped with 4×4's or did you have to park elsewhere? (ie: how was HWY 180 and the Quail Flats turn-off/dirt road leading to the trail head?)

    I hate to assume, but looking at the pictures it seems that Buena Vista, Redwood and East Fork Creeks (and others not marked on the map I'm looking at) are flowing rather well? (ie: finding water is not at all an issue?)


    Ike Jutkowitz
    BPL Member


    Locale: Central Michigan

    Awesome pictures! Looks like you guys had a great time. Thanks for putting this together.

    Adam Criswell


    Locale: Northern California

    Thanks everyone for your comments, we had a really nice time. I really enjoyed the mellow pace and taking the time to really appreciate the scenery. I have found that when I bring my camera I pay more attention to the details and am less obsessed with making the miles. I like your wizard of Oz tree picture Jack, the lighting and perspective are interesting.

    @ Aaron, this would be a great trip for you and your girlfriend. There are 2 ways to get to the trail head, we parked in a parking lot about 2 miles north of the trail head because part of the road was closed. It was an easy walk down but there were some snow patches that are too much for most vehicles. You could drive up from the south as well and there were a couple of cars parked in the parking lot. Highway 180 is clear but the entrance to the dirt road (north side) is closed. As far as water goes, there was plenty, didn't even need to think about it. I am not sure how your girlfriend likes cool damp weather, you may want to wait a couple more weeks before heading up there. It is a really nice hike though and not too challenging with some amazing trees.


    Backpack Jack
    BPL Member


    Locale: Armpit of California

    Just wanted to post some more pic's, and say I wish we could have stayed another day so I could have spent more time with my 2 son's , I don't get to backpack with them enough.

    This was an odd site, this tree grew straight, then turned 90* for about a foot, then turned 90* again, and continued to grow straight, wierd!


    This tree in the center with the branches going to the right, looks like he's trying to grab a little sugar from his sugar mama tree. Who knows what goes on in the forest when we're not around.


    My 2 son's walking among giants. I love them 2 boy's, and proud of them too.


    A family of "Giant Sequoias"


    Jeremy "Hey Brian, where are all the big trees at?"
    Brian " I don't know Jeremy, I'm still looking myself"



    More macro shoots.



    Dave T


    Good time to go to avoid the potgrowers! Last time we tried to go deep in there, we were told to wait for an L.E. sweep first.

    Chuck Cheese


    nice pics!

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