On Friday, I needed to fill the day with lots of hikes, as I was still on my own. Amy would arrive after 6pm, so I had plenty of time. I started with a major 9 mile round trip hike. This was a hike to Heather Lake , via a trail past a granite monolith called the “Watchtower”. Yes – I had the Jimmy Hendrix song in my head most of the time .
The trail started thru the woods, with some chasing by a pack of horses (you don’t want to walk behind that).
Once that was done, I ascended relentlessly towards the Watchtower, which did not disappoint. “a narrow and exposed section of the Watchtower trail skirting 2,000 feet above the valley floor. ” – very cool
After some additional trekking along the cliff, as well as under a slab blocking the trail, I arrived at Heather Lake . it was very pretty, and silent, as I was the only one there. I ate lunch in silence. It was so memorable.
After that, it was time to head back, past the Watchtower again. And listening to hiking music. Sweet
After that, it was a quick drive to Mono rock, a huge rock with a stairway…. Amy would visit it later on Sunday after we parted.
“Moro Rock is a granite dome rock formation in Sequoia National Park, California, USA. It is located in the center of the park, at the head of Moro Creek, between Giant Forest and Crescent Meadow. A stairway, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is cut into and poured onto the rock, so that visitors can hike to the top. The view from the rock encompasses much of the Park, including the Great Western Divide.