Sierra Gargoyles

posted May 27, 2013, 11:28 AM by Paul Wagner
We didn't have packs on our backs, or a tent in our pack....but we did get out this weekend for as day hike, just to make sure that we hadn't forgotten how to hike.  Plus, we wanted to see one of the local attractions of the Stanislaus National Forest near our new cabin:  The Gargoyles trail.
 
The view from the trailhead at the Gargoyles©http://backpackthesierra.com
Six miles off Highway 108, the parking area overlooks a huge volcanic cirque over the Stanislaus River.
 Lava formations = Gargoyles©http://backpackthesierra.com
 
And from there we hiked the South Rim Trail with some nice volcanic Gargoyles
 
 
A wonderful meadow overlooking the Stanislaus River©http://backpackthesierra.com
And then to its end with a lovely meadow--flowers were out in force!
 
Going up---we are heading up to the top©http://backpackthesierra.com
 
 
And then we hiked the North Rim Trail, with even better Gargoyles.  But that wasn't enough for us, so we went off trail straight up the side of the mountain to get to the top of the ridge, with the best views of all, from Bull Run Rock
 
With a zoom.©http://backpackthesierra.com
 
It was a great day on the trail---and in the Sierra. 
 
Click on the photos for a Picasa photo file of the whole hike.
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