Exploring Calaveras Big Trees State Park
The North Grove was the first grove to be protected in the state park in 1931. This grove includes the first Sierra redwood "Discovery Tree," noted in 1852 and the bigger south grove was incorporated into the park in 1954. The North Grove contains about 100 mature giant sequoias; the South Grove has about 1,000.
John Muir once described the forest as "a flowering glade in the very heart of the woods, forming a fine center for the student, and a delicious resting place for the weary."
The forest was full of smoke which usually would be annoying but it created a different dimension to the forest; it helped portray how expansive and majestic the area is. I'm not sure what trail we did, we just started at the visitors center and followed the well-defined path in a loop through the forest. We felt like ants walking under the giant trees. One of my favorite parts was walking through the center of a downed tree with Tanin, it was so big we could walk most of the way through the tree without ducking down.
If you are ever in the area I highly recommend visiting the state park. If you want to beat the crowds, go early in the morning and preferably on a week day. Just type "Calaveras Big Trees State Park" or "North Grove" into your GPS and it'll take you straight there. If coming from the Sacramento or San Francisco area be sure to stop at Murphys Pizza Co. in Murphys, CA. The pizza is SO DAMN GOOD!
Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!