STONY CREEK SEQUOIA
Type: Camping – CA
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Stony Creek Campground sits on the northern side of Hume Lake, about 18 miles from the shore, set amidst Sequoia and jeffrey pines and at an elevation of 5,250 feet.
The Sequoia National Forest, located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, takes its name from the giant sequoia, the worlds largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the Forests lower slopes.
The Forest comprises about 1.1 million acres, and elevations range from about 1,000 to 12,000 feet, creating precipitous canyons and mountain streams with spectacular waterfalls such as Salmon Creek Falls and Grizzly Falls.
Built to support a large commercial logging operation, Hume Lake supplied water to the longest lumber flume transporting logs to the Central Valley.
Hume Lake is a popular recreation destination where visitors can enjoy trout fishing, non-motorized boating, hiking, mountain biking and off-road vehicle riding.
Visitors can hike the Jennie Lake Trail. The trailhead to the 4-mile trail is across the street in the Upper Stony Creek campground.
Several creeks also run near the campground, offering additional fishing and wading opportunities.
Stony Creek offers nearly 50 reservable campsites, spread out along the creek. Flush toilets, drinking water and an amphitheater are available at the campground.
This facility is operated by Sequoia Recreation, a division of California Land Management and comments are welcome; comment forms are available from campground hosts or online.
Day trips to Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Boyden Caverns and General Grant Grove are popular among visitors.
Bearskin Grove offers the rare opportunity to photograph an entire mature sequoia in one frame. Hiking through the grove visitors will find a mix of young and old sequoias, many measuring more than 6 feet in diameter.
The Giant Sequoia Mercantile offers a wide variety of books, maps, gifts, local art, camping supplies and other merchandise.
Directions: From Fresno, California, go east on Highway 180 to the Kings Canyon NationalPark entrance. Take a right at the Generals Highway, traveling approximately 10miles south to Stony Creek Campground.
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