Hiking Southern California
by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)
© 2003 Ron Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This is an extremely easy, marked nature trail that follows a creek and then enters a meadow, finally arriving at the Champion Lodgepole Pine. The tree is very impressive and the short walk is pleasant. The drive to the trailhead was almost as much fun as the hike, dipping through several large puddles formed by thunderstorms earlier in the day.
This was a nice walk. My daughter and I started out at a yellow post camp site about a 1/4 mile from the trail head. The trail opens up to a pristine meadow right where you'll find the ancient Lodge Pole Pine. We took a bunch of pictures then headed down another trail following the stream leaving the meadow. About two hours down that trail we found a great spot to set up camp had dinner and spent the next morning exploring the nearest summit. It was the perfect trip to spend time with my daughter before she got married the next weekend.
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