California has such a wealth of amazing National Parks and natural wonders that it can be easy to overlook some of the "smaller" ones. For years I have continued to go Yosemite, accepting it as the King of California. With its impressive granite walls, waterfalls, epic rock climbing and giant swaths of pristine wilderness, it can be pretty hard to beat. That fame comes with a price. Crowded by tourists, and filled with traffic, sometimes it doesn't feel like you're escaping the hustle of bustle of your daily life after all.
This last weekend we were reminded that the other parks should not be overlooked. While on a three day backpacking trip to Alta Peak in Sequoia National Park we were reminded how much less crowded Yosemite's little sister can be. With epic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, stunning sub-alpine meadows, and solid peaks to bag, its a marvel that it remains so quiet, peaceful, and relaxing.
I hope you enjoy this set of photographs that I captured along the way.