In a reversal, we decided to head out to the lower Sierra mountains where we were more likely to see a bear on the trail rather than another human being.
The day before the Fourth, we quickly packed our gear into the Jeep, strapped the kids into their seats, and were on the road by noon. Driving north on highway 15, we steered toward highway 395, which would bring us to the high desert elevation of approximately 4,000 feet. By the time we reached our turn-off point from highway 395 and pointed our rig toward the climb into the Sierra Mountain's, the temperature would peak at 111 degrees Fahrenheit!
As luck would have it, we had good friends camping in Troy Meadow this same weekend, where campfires were fortunately allowed. We decided to connect with our friends for a weekend of camping. While the larger group would be on two wheels and tackling the beauty of single track trails, us four-wheelers would seek out alternative routes for taking in the sights from the cool climate of the 8,000 foot elevation and forest covered mountains.
Here I am with my homemade Warn coffee mug that was my co-pilot for making breakfast burritos.
Here is the 21S02 trail head off of Kennedy Meadows Road, approximately one-half mile from Black Rock Station.
Along Beach Meadow trail, the single track motorcycle trail parallels some sections and eventually drops down into the meadow. We decided not to hike down to the meadow and instead continue on. However, Beach Trail eventually came to an end with overgrown plants and small trees.
Photo editing credit goes to Robin Reid. Thanks Robin!