Sunny and warm in Jamestown translated into sunny and 42 degrees at 6000 when I arrived. I didn't dress warmly and it didn't warm up; thank goodness (read Sister) for several hand warmers in the back of the Rav.
To avoid the hooligans I walked up the Grove Overlook trail and then out to the Scenic Overlook on the South Grove road. It was a great hike, don't know why I didn't think of adding that leg before. It's just enough of a climb on that mile out to transform the Big Trees walk into a good hike!
Crunching the hoar frost under my boots reminded me of so many mornings out on the trail at Early Intake.
Breaking out into the sun at the overlook I was finally warming up.
The deciduous tress are all still bare; only tiny buds on the dogwoods; one impatient manzanita was blooming.
And it's snowing today at Calaveras Big Trees; glad I went out yesterday!