I've shot in the Mineral King section of
Sequoia National Park every year since my first trip a decade ago.
At around 8000 feet, this area has beautiful scenic landscapes, lush
wildflowers, waterfalls, the east fork of the Kaweah River, and
wildlife. This location is high on my list due to the Sooty
Grouse, wildflowers, songbirds, and butterflies. While
trailheads go off in many directions (all steeply uphill) we stay
fairly close to the road to shoot in the meadows that border the
Cold Springs Trail, as well as past the end of the road about a half
mile south towards Farewell Gap. The June date is for hooting male grouse, while the July date is for Sooty Grouse hens and their chicks.
We can meet at my home in Tulare or at a hotel in Visalia at 5am, or in Three Rivers on Highway 198 at 6am in the Pizza
Factory parking lot. From there we travel to the Mineral King
Valley and photograph throughout the area.
We will stop for lunch at the Silver City Cafe, then shoot again through the early afternoon
before heading back.
The deposit is 50% via check, Paypal, Venmo, or credit card,
and the balance is due halfway between the deposit date and the
safari date unless you are booking within 3 months, then full
payment is due.
I am a licensed Guide in Sequoia NP.
Check the main safari page for info.
I've spent my 40-year wildlife photography career shooting
in the American West. The first 24
years shooting out of Utah, the past 16 years out of
California. The photo safaris that I lead are all to
the best locations, at the best times, during peak wildlife
activity periods. What a rush it has been.
Difficulty Level :
time this high elevation valley was considered for a Disney
Ski Resort (in the 1960's), but its remote location and
difficult road access kept the valley pristine.
max of 3 clients.
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