The National Park Service recently celebrated it’s Centennial birthday on August 25, 2016. I was not able to celebrate the big 100th until Labor Day Weekend. My friends, Heather and Gil, and I went on a short stay at Sequoia National Park.
Heather was lucky enough to grab a one-night reservation at the Stony Creek Campgrounds. It was my first time camping here, but I’d already expected it to be similar to that of the tenting campgrounds at Yosemite. Features of the Stony Creek Campgrounds include:
- Reservable campsites
- Running water faucets near campsites
- Bathroom facilities (with flushing toilets and sicks)
- Food storage boxes
- Campfire rings (At this time, campfires are not allowed, but you can BBQ)
Friday night was the usual setting up of camp, and then kicking back with a couple of beers. I forgot how beautiful the sky is when you’re out in the middle of the forest. I immediately regretted not bringing the dSLR!
Saturday, we were up with the sun and the sounds of nature. We ate some breakfast and then took down camp so that we could check out. Heather picked the Tokopah Falls hike, which was about a 20-minute drive from our campsite and further into the park.
|Entry to the trail|
Parking was easily accessible and the trail wasn’t too far off. According to this site, the Tokopah Falls hike is 4.1-miles roundtrip with a climb of about 530 feet. It didn’t feel like 4 miles but we were out there for a solid 4-5 hours taking in all of the beautiful scenery.
|Along the Tokopah Falls Trail|
The falls themselves were only but a trickle because of the drought in California. But nonetheless, it was gorgeous. We got so lucky with the weather: Sunshine with a little bit of a cool breeze. Despite the holiday weekend, there weren’t a lot of people out there as we were making our way up. Coming down was a different story; people were just making their way out.
|Looking out at the valley from the falls|
I vlogged our little hiking trip and you can view that video right here:
Being from California, we are so lucky that so many national parks are in our own “backyard.” Just a few hours from home and I was transported into the beauty of our Earth. I wish we had more time to explore, maybe even the entire weekend.
But that’s okay. After a one-night stay and a day hike, my soul is satisfied.