On the second day of our trip, we decided to take it easy and do a moderately easy hike of about 6-7 miles. We started off our day at General Sherman and heading to the starting point of Congress Trail.
The trail is more traveled and takes hikers through a vast number of interest points mostly groups of large sequoia trees named after different positions and groups in Congress… figures!
Sunday provided a much different landscape than the day before. It was a more open and bright as the distance between the large trees was much greater. The weather was amazing and perfect enough to stop along the trail and have a few snowball fights!
The trees were so tall and large, it was amazing to look up to see when the trees would converge. Along our trail some of the few picture points we stopped at were: Circle Meadow, a log cabin (Cattle Cabin), another bedrock mortars (large rock formation), and a cool tree that was practically burnt through.
After our hike, we headed back to the lodge to rest. We decided that we wanted to watch the sunset on our last night there. We packed up a few snacks, beers, and extra layers to keep warm. We decided to re-visit Sunset Rock for a view of the sunset (one of the hikes we did on the first day), however once we got there it was a bit foggy, after about 30 minutes we decided we wouldn’t be able to see any sunset and headed back to the car.
On the way back to the car, we decided to take one last shot at a sunset and go to Beetle Rock. Only a few minutes walk from the parking lot, we got lucky and caught some amazing color! We couldn’t end the trip without taking a signature jumping photo!
Overall, it was such an amazing trip. Although majority of things are closed during the winter, there was something special about hiking in the snow, and seeing the contrast of the green and brown forest with a touch of white!