Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hiking in Sequoia National Forest

On our last Sunday before leaving, Abel, my mom and I went for a hike in Sequoia National Forest, about an hour and a half drive from our home. The place we went to is called Needles Point. It was once a fire lookout, but ironically burned down. (More info)
             

I have to point out that my mom was a rockstar on this hike! It was a total of 5 miles of steep trail and she was great. I think I was more tired than she was. 
                          
The view from the top of the abandoned lookout was beautiful. Towards the top there's about three flights of stairs You have to climb. The stairs are wooden and the railing on the sides of them is only about three feet tall. I was really scared!
           
Once you get to the top of the stairs, there are a couple stairs that are missing so you have to use the railing and sort of jump onto the rock. 
          
This is the view from the top. You can still see the remnants of the lookout. In the other direction there is this rock. 
                       
Not pictured is the huge drop off right next to it. You can imagine why I didn't go near it but Abel has no fear. This is as far as I went. 
                       
This was a great day hike and we can't wait to take our friends back to explore it again. There's an area at the bottom of the trail to camp and we're hoping to be able to do that eventually. 


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