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Hike to the Adam Tree, Mountain Home Grove
6/13/06, 6:50am (Last Edited: 6/13/06, 6:56am)
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On Saturday afternoon Todd and I drove up to Mountain Home State Forest. It is no secret that this is one of my favorite haunts. The Mountain Home Grove is one of the largest giant sequoia groves and it has some of the very largest sequoias. There are views of Maggie and Moses Mountains, the Middle Fork of the Tule River runs along one side of this area, and there are lots of hiking trails and free campgrounds! Best of all, it's never crowded and it's only a 40 minute drive from home We drove down to Moses Gulch Campground which is near the river but the only spot available there wasn't very appealing so we drove over to Hidden Falls. There the first and best two campsites were taken so we drove up to Shake Camp. Here we chatted with the Balch Park Pack Station owner for a little bit then drove over to the Shake Camp Campground. Only two spots were occupied but in one there was a barking dog and in the other there was a loud radio playing :p So then we went to Frazier Mill. This campground is the largest in Mountain Home and there we found a secluded site next to a small creek and underneath beautiful blooming dogwood trees and young giant sequoias. We had a nice evening roasting some hotdogs over our campfire and then falling asleep to the sounds of the bubbling creek.

On Sunday morning we got up and I made breakfast burritos. We packed up then headed back over to Shake Camp. Here there is a trailhead for a "2-mile" loop trail going out to the Adam Tree. Well, the trail we took was definitely more than 2-miles; it turned out to be more like 3. And it didn't seem to follow the map. Oh, well, we did pass by the Adam Tree (#21) and lots of other beautiful sequoias. The trail goes up a drainage chock full of young and old sequoias then climbs a ridge, crosses a few creeks, then eventually skirts its way up a drier mountainside. It was here that we began to get great views of the higher mountains then we descended and eventually we found ourselves at Shake Camp Campground. I walked along the road for about 1/4 mile back to where we'd left the car and then we headed down the winding road towards home.

More photos here! http://www.tarol.com/mtnhome2.html

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Re: Hike to the Adam Tree, Mountain Home Grove
6/13/06, 8:59am
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Beautiful!

Nothing better than a sequoia! It's so amazing to walk among those giants.

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6/13/06, 4:49pm
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>Nothing better than a sequoia!

Especially a really big one

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>>Nothing better than a sequoia!
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>Especially a really big one

Yep, size matters, with sequoias anyway

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Makes me wanna go out and buy camping gear. Nothing like the beauty of nature, except looking into your babys' faces and smelling their breath. Now that was my passion.

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6/16/06, 2:33pm
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>Makes me wanna go out and buy camping gear. Nothing like the
>beauty of nature, except looking into your babys' faces and
>smelling their breath. Now that was my passion.

Well, I don't have babies. I do have kitties, and I do like looking into their faces... but I don't like smelling their breath! Blech! Tuna breath! lol

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