Kings Canyon Pt. 2 – Past Road’s End

After camping overnight in the park, I went on an ambitious hike from the end of the road up the main canyon. There was a ranger-led walk up to a waterfall on the way to where I was headed, so two european ladies and myself got to have a very personal guided hike in the park.

This was the bridge to the lodge, but indicative of the construction in the area.

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It was a sunny September day, this part of the valley was very arid

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But the canyon walls were so magnificent it was hard to keep moving

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That is easily 2,500 feet up

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Can you see the sphinx rock formation?

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How about now?

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More rocks

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Close-up, I want the orientation to switch, but the trees show which way it should go

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More up-close

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Further up the valley it was greener

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This one was really tall

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A bridge over the river (kings river)

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Paradise really

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This was during the drought, otherwise it is more of a torrent all year long

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Crystal clear

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Can you spot the snake in the center?

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Native raspberry bushes were done fruiting, but what a treat that would have been

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It looked like they need to do some thinning of the forest here

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Very weird trees

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With funny growths

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Giant incense cedar

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An old snag, or standing dead tree

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Near the river these horsetail plants thrive, a very, very ancient order of plants

 

 

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The trail got nice and shaded

 

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The underside of the sphinx

 

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And after some hiking, a much higher view of the edifice from head-on

 

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More form the ascent of my hike, as well as those falls, next time.

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