Hume Lake ~ Sequoia National Park ~ Pictures of Delightful Discovery
Hume Lake in Sequoia National Park
Were it not for the fact that my rental car gas tank was starting to get a bit low, my traveling companion and I might never have discovered Hume Lake which is located in Sequoia National Park.
Inside of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks which adjoin one another, there are not that many places to refuel one's vehicle.
Of course one can drive out of the parks to surrounding communities but this takes time away from sightseeing and enjoying the activities within the parks.
Thus it was with delight that we not only found a source of gasoline at Hume Lake, but it was fun getting to see this dammed up lake and discover its many uses.
Harvesting of lumber was being done by big commercial concerns back in the late 1800's and after cutting down the massive sequoia trees in this area of the Sierra Nevada Mountains the logging operators had to have an economical way to move the trees to market.
Since wood floats, getting the tree trunks to a source of water is one means of moving massive loads of lumber. The logs can be guided with the help of water currents to be moved from a harvested site to one in which they can be retrieved and processed into usable lumber boards or even ground up as pulp to be made into other products like paper.
My mother, niece and I saw that type of operation on a trip we had taken some years ago when we boarded and rode on a ship from Vancouver to Squamish, Canada returning on a Royal Hudson Steam Train ride back to Vancouver.
In this particular case a flume was built by the Kings River Lumber Company and by 1890 was in full operation moving the cut timber down the mountainside to Sanger, California to be retrieved and utilized.
For those who may not know...a lumber flume is a trough-like structure generally built up and elevated above ground. Water flows through the trough and with the aid of gravity moves the floating lumber along.
The one built and located amidst these magnificent trees comprising what is now known as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was the longest lumber flume in all of the United States!
Moving the lumber any other way down the mountainside would have been a much harder job to accomplish.
Sadly, all of the centuries old sequoias that used to live in this part of the park and that were cut down did not even make good usable wood. Such massive trees when they came crashing to the ground often shattered.
While not the tallest trees in existence, the girth and massive bulk of the giant sequoias make them the overall largest of the trees. Can you even imagine the sound that one of them must make when impacting the ground and how the ground must shake?
According to information from the Sanger Depot Museum and History of the Flume, the Depression of 1892 in addition to other problems might have actually played a part in saving more of these sequoias from total destruction since the lumber company ultimately went bankrupt.
Lumber flume from the Sequoia National Park to Sanger, California.
Sequoia trees with snow on the ground in Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park Wildlife
Wildflowers at Hume Lake
This eighty-seven acre lake had an entirely different purpose when it was first dammed up in 1908 from Tenmile Creek which flowed in that area of magnificent and thick sequoia forests. It became a place to store the cut down sequoia and other harvested trees until they could be transported via lumber flume (utilizing the lake water) to facilitate that passage.
Fortunately now Hume Lake offers a great recreational site located in the Sequoia National Forest operated by the U.S. Forest Service and has many different campsites which can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. For reservations and to find out more park information you can access this number: 559-335-2232.
When camping be aware that black bears also call this territory home and one must be careful about food storage so as not to attract them.
For people who like to fish, one might be lucky and catch rainbow, brown and small mouth trout as well as green sunfish.
Hikers and mountain bikers will find much to their satisfaction in enjoyment of this spectacular scenery. There is a trail that surrounds the entire lake.
Swimming and non-motorized boating is allowed on Hume Lake.
It is nice to be able to enjoy the beauty of this blue water surrounded by forested areas and mountains without the droning sounds of boat engines spoiling the mood of the setting.
2011 Hume - Lake Front
Zip line at Hume Lake Christian Camp
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Wildflowers at Hume Lake
Hume Lake Christian Camps
This was the site at Hume Lake in which we were able to refuel my car.
Since the mid-1940's kid's camps as well as couple's, women's and men's retreats have been held at this non-profit several hundred acre privately owned location. This large scale facility is operated on a year round basis.
Naturally the emphasis is on leading a good life via the Christian faith and attendees are asked to dress moderately and act according but that is not to say that they cannot have fun.
Judging from all the YouTube videos posted, the kids attending the camps have plenty of fun!
From paddle-boating and canoeing and swimming in the summer to ice skating in the winter, this just skims the surface of what there is to be found at this Christian camp. Rock climbing to paint-balling and from zip-lining to every type of game imaginable, kids will find themselves with no lack of things to keep themselves occupied in this gorgeous and safe setting.
In reading about this camp, apparently if all of the cabins or the hotel rooms are not filled, tourists can rent rooms even if not being a participant of a certain program.
In addition to their service station on the grounds, one can also access a post office and even a market to pick up some needed supplies.
Hume 2011 - Meadow Ranch Pond
Wildflowers at Hume Lake
Hope you enjoyed the pictures of our delightful discovery...that of finding Hume Lake in Sequoia National Park. It is a great destination within the park to have some fun and enjoy some recreational activities!
Site of Hume Lake and where we refueled our car for more exploration of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
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© 2011 Peggy Woods
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