Did I ever tell you about the time I went hiking with a mule deer in the Redwood Mountain Grove in Kings Canyon National Park?  I was just minding my own business moseying down the Hart Tree Loop Trail and suddenly I saw a doe in front of me.  She seemed kind of curious at first, then just continued along the trail in front of me at a relaxed pace.  Now and then she would push her nose into the ground and turn up a mushroom to eat.  In the end I ended up hiking behind her for about two miles!

Most consider this grove to be the largest grove of giant sequoias.  It is beautiful and not too many people know about it.  The Hart Tree Loop Trail is about 6 miles or so and along the way you go past the Hart Tree, the 25th largest tree in the world, and its twin the False Hart Tree, #22.  I hope to go back and do the other main loop trail out to the Sugar Bowl Group someday...
Hart Tree Loop Trail
Redwood Mountain Grove
Kings Canyon National Park, CA
August 28, 1999
Update!  I hiked the Sugar Bowl Loop :)
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