May 13, 2014
Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias
Total Distance: 3 miles
Merced Grove, though the smallest of three Giant Sequoia groves in Yosemite National Park, is my favorite because it’s the most secluded and least crowded. Chris and I visited the grove to see some of the largest living things on earth.
We entered the forest from the small, paved parking lot. There, the path was wide and the dirt soft. We walked through the din of chattering birds and squirrels.
At a signed fork in the trail, we headed left and descended six hundred feet on a narrower and rockier path. Below the trail, Moss Creek flowed silently and dogwoods bloomed under a canopy of towering pines.
We approached the ancient grove at the forest floor where five sturdy Sequoias stood like sentries protecting their home.
From there the trail leveled.
We walked in awe passed several more Giant Sequoias and dogwoods until we reached Russell Cabin.
Russell Cabin was constructed in the 1930’s and served as a ranger station and a place for an occasional retreat for the park superintendent.
We sat on the sunny porch looking at the trees of the forest.
Across the cabin steps sat two Sequoias, one that suffered burn damage at its base with a scar large enough to stand in.
The trail continued beyond the cabin through a lush greenness that thoroughly bespoke spring.
We left the cabin and traversed the uphill path passing only one or two wildflowers on the way back.
I wondered what was going on in the world when these old trees were sprouting? Though I didn’t know the answer off-hand, I was content to be near them and to touch them knowing that they will be standing long after I am not.
18 thoughts on “Old Trees”
Another great walk in the woods. I never get tired of reading your blogs and looking at the great pictures. I’m happy that you live close enough to take advantage of the opportunity to explore such a beautiful area!!!
Thank you, Dad. I’m glad that you still enjoy reading about our adventures. 🙂
After living in Minnesota and exploring all that it has to offer, I am amazed at the wonder of Yosemite. Thank you for sharing all of your hikes and exploring of the region.
I am so happy that you read the posts. Minnesota, too, has amazing areas. Thanks for the comment. 🙂
Okay… I live in the Pacific Northwest (Washington) and I’m no stranger to big beautiful trees however…your pictures left in in awe. Only our great God could create such magnificence.
Love all your pictures and that you freely share them with us. 🙂
Seeing all that nature has to offer only increases my faith. Thank you, Ellen.
Another great day in paradise…
Thanks, Janet! We’ve been at the start of this walk…..last time a bear was blocking the way….so we turned back!
I love your blogs,
How cool to see a bear, but I agree, I would have turned back too. Did you get a photo?
Photos and narrative are inspiring! I’m glad you brought the ancient sequoias to life for us.
Thank you, Carol.
I LOVE dogwood season, I will have to get out there soon!
Great post and pictures! This is my favorite grove too! 🙂
I am worshiping by these giants, too. Thanks for sharing them. I am also pondering your comment about retirement and wondering whether that shall ever happen with us. Dreaming…
I think it happens sooner that we anticipate.
Great photos–makes me feel like I am tagging along on your walk.
Thanks, Patti. 🙂