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Thanks! I guess I should join FB… i didn’t realize they even had info on there. haha.
Hopefully someone with more up-to-date info responds to you, but…
I was there a month ago, and the spring was flowing really well. I would be cautiously optimistic.
Coastal Redwood leaves look more like needles on a fir tree…
Cones are similar, but redwoods cones are closer to the size of a quarter and usually more opened than a sequoia.
The Giant Sequoia’s leaves look more like a cedar as you can see here..
I am new to identifying trees… it has become a hobby in my last few hikes, so I was not sure what I was looking at when i found the Sequoia, but i contacted a seasoned tree-expert that I knew about online, and he confirmed that there is only one cone that looks like this… I asked about coastal redwood verses Giant Sequoia, and he was certain it is a Sequoia… Heres a pic of the cone I found at it’s base.
Definitely was bighorn sheep… When I saw them initially, i was only about 20 feet away, but was unable to pull out my phone fast enough as they trotted away. Heres a pic i got. I also got a video of them going up the slope.
I was at High Meadow Springs on Sat night the 13th. we talked to one group that said they had 24 people in their group, and another group that had 7 people. We were only two people, but we were forced to look a little further than the most obvious camp area. I bushwhacked around and found probably 5 or 6 additional dug out campsites… in fact, we found an enormous one that could fit 3 or 4 tents in one area.
I did not ask the other groups if they all had permits, but I got the impression from the conversations that I did have, that this campsite was usually not so busy. one camper said he had been to this site 12 or so times and usually had it to himself.
I dont think you will have trouble finding a spot… but… you could gather your water at the spring and then continue on to red rock, as it is probably only a 15 min walk from high springs…and we didn’t see a single other tent there.
Additionally, if you were asking about water at the high meadow, the spring was flowing really well on Sat when we were there.
Thanks Larry. 🙂
Thanks for all the info Jim! I appreciate all the careful answers to my questions!
Thanks for your comments!!
I mostly just wanted to camp with a view.. preferrably something that would be good for sunset… and the following morning get sunrise at gorgonio summit…
Do you recommend the loop, and go down via sky high trail instead of coming back the way we came?
I re-looked up where I found that mention: it is not on SGWA site. It is a comment that I mis-read on the USDA website. The comment is:
Dollar Lake Saddle (9,960’-no camping here, no water) is located 0.7 miles beyond Dollar Lake. From the saddle, it is 5 miles to the summit. One popular campsite accessible from Dollar Lake Saddle is Red Rock Flat (10,100’,) ¼ mile west of the saddle. High Meadow Springs (10,400’) is ½ mile further with water available for both camps.
I mis-read the final sentence as “with water available AT both camps”.
Sorry for confusion. thanks for clearing it up.
If you were doing my route, would you camp at high meadows, red rock, or at dollar lake?
Thanks Mike. Will do.
Trying to plan the best (most enjoyable) route up Gorgonio for an overnighter this weekend. We plan to start at South Fork TH and continue past Dollar Lake and camp at Red Rock flat.
1. SGWA website says there is a spring there at Red Rock Flat… but For some reason I don’t believe this… Is it the same spring as High Meadow Springs?
2. I assume there is still water at Dollar Lake, and if so, should i just load up on water there as an easier source before going further up to the peak?
Thanks for the info!
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