The drive from Grant Grove to Cedar Grove should NOT be missed, and do not cheat yourself-dedicate a day to this fabulous drive. It is every bit as wonderful at Tioga Road in Yosemite. Stop at MeGee Vista Point, Junction View, Yucca Point and then do not miss Boyden Cavern if you are not going to Crystal Cavern in Sequoia. At Boyden, it is not as spectacular, but you do not need a reservation. A trip to Crystal is at least a 4 hour investment. At Boyden, the guides are very enthusiastic and the tour lasts about 45 minutes. The walk up to the cavern is very steep but not that long. There is a nice picnic area and small market(chips, drinks, ice cream, coffee etc.) where you buy your tickets and it overlooks the river-very pretty.
Also stop at Grizzly and Roaring River Falls and then DO NOT PASS UP Zumwalt Meadow-we almost did, but ran into a couple who said that it was not to be missed and they were correct. Be sure to get a guide and drop in your $1.50-the information there makes the meadow come alive. Bee-utiful!!!
A note-I do not know what was going on in Cedar Grove-and if you think Grant Grove is small-Cedar Grove is non-existent. There were very few people about, nowhere to eat, and the roads are a mess. If you take this day long trip, be sure to pack a lunch. My husband resorted to a protein bar for the first time in his life!
On the way back to Grant Grove we detoured to Hume Lake. Wonderful spot were you can rent canoes from the Christian Camp. I wish we had had another day to spend here.
This is a great day trip-do not miss it!
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