Sequoia National Forest, Monache Meadow

How to escape the summer heat: head to the High Sierras. We base-camped near the Hooker Meadow trailhead in the Sequoia National Forest, then wandered to Monache Meadow, Bald Mountain, and rode around the area on dirt bikes. And the best part was the extremely low concentration of humans.

Henri patrolling the area on his pit bike.
Henri patrolling the area on his pit bike.
It turns out the flying bugs liked our candles as much as we did.
It turns out the flying bugs liked our candles as much as we did.
Camp site near Rodeo Flats.
Camp site near Rodeo Flats.
Matthew and Robert on the trail.
Matthew and Robert on the Jackass Creek Trail.
Matthew and Robert on the Jackass Trail.
Matthew and Robert giggling over the trail name.
Rocks are a good way to quickly and efficiently drain engine oil.
Rocks are a good way to quickly and efficiently drain engine oil.
Tito, Carol and Matthew, each in their own way, relaxing at camp.
Tito, Carol and Matthew, each in their own way, relaxing at camp.
Bald Mountain lookout, still in operation.
Bald Mountain lookout, still in operation. Right about here.
When on the lookout, it's best to apply a death grip to prevent from flying off.
When on the lookout, it’s best to apply a death grip to prevent from flying off.
A peek inside the fire lookout tower.
A peek inside the fire lookout tower.
Hooker Meadow, 8,400' elevation.
Hooker Meadow, 8,400′ elevation. Right about here.
Dave and Irene drive their new Tacoma across the South Fork of the Kern River in Monache Meadows.
Dave and Irene drive their new Tacoma across the South Fork of the Kern River in Monache Meadows.
Murphy
Murphy
Hanging out along the Kern.
Hanging out along the Kern.
Olancha Peak is the tallest, bald.
Olancha Peak is the tallest, bald.

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