Redwoods in Snow

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Snow is not something often associated with redwoods. The redwood groves that emerge in the coastal zones northern California don’t see much snow at all. Few redwoods grow much above 1,000 feet, and hardly any above 3,000 feet. Near the coast, very little snow falls below 2,000 feet. But once every few years, during a very cold storm, when the snow level briefly drops below 1,000 feet, it’s possible to find snow in some of the higher elevation groves. The premier grove for this sort of weather phenomenon is Lady Bird Johnson Grove, of Bald Hills Road in Redwood National Park. Some months ago, during the dead of winter, I ventured to this grove during a particular cold storm. Not much snow had actually fallen: little more than a dusting, if that. But a little snow is better than no snow at all. Here’s a photograph of the parking lot:

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And the bridge over Bald Hills Road into the grove:

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An inch or two at most. But it still added something to the picturesque nature of the grove. What follows are images from a walk through the mile and half trail that, in circle-like fashion, encompasses the grove:

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