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  1. Miya

    3rd Time's a...Failure

    Another short story inspired by the backpacking mishaps of Miya and Bobbi. (I really go back through and cut out as many words as I can, but it is still long...) https://evermoremoments.smugmug.com/What-Could-Have-Been I have a total of 8 days scheduled off and have been planning the LCT trip...
  2. scatman

    High Sierra Trail

    This is a backpacking trip I completed with a friend along the High Sierra Trail from Crescent Meadow to the Whitney Portal back in August of 2012. It was an eight day trip of approximately 70 miles from west to east. The trip could easily be done in six or seven days, but we had an extremely...
  3. Miya

    All I Wanted was Rain

    Went hiking today...or maybe...more like walking. The intent was hiking and since there was a huge storm coming our way, I was determined to have myself my favorite type of hike, a rain hike. I was actually very grumpy YESTERDAY, because it was pouring rain and I thought "I need to call out of...
  4. Miya

    Raving at Midnight

    I feel like I am going to have more to babble about than usual, so if people want to skip the chat and just see photos use the link. Plus, I never upload all the photos on here because I don't want to be bothersome. https://evermoremoments.smugmug.com/Raving-in-Nature To sum up the trip: Went...
  5. Miya

    The Trail of Reflective Eyes

    Bobbi and I went on another adventure yesterday. We are really trying to be in shape for our hike in May, which will partially take place along the coastline. We have been hitting the gym with 40lb weighted vests, but decided we needed to do a beach day hike to get the full effect. Tomales Bay...
  6. Outdoors24

    Two days in Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Last summer me and some friends went on a road trip that started in Utah and went up to Crater Lake National Park. From Crater Lake we worked our way down through Northern California to Lake Tahoe. The last stop was supposed to be Great Basin National Park, but by the time we got there all the...
  7. westy

    Anywhere, Mojave Desert

    An exceptionally enjoyable camp/hike from recently. Sunny n 70, 20 mph winds on the windward side. Saw some healthy coyotes, plenty of desert hare (mmmmm...), and some scurrying lizards. Just a really pleasant day ! sunsets near camp. Typical Mojave rock gardens, these high on a ridge...
  8. K

    In Search of Snow in the Eastern Sierra

    Seeing how winter was going to end early (not sure it ever really started..), my friend and I decided to look for snow before it all melted. Seeing how Yosemite was looking dry and having gone to SEKI in the past week, we planned to check out the Eastern Sierra. With the NOAA data showing areas...
  9. Ross

    Ansel Adams Wilderness

    Mt Ritter and Banner had such big cliffs, throw in any lake called Iceberg, plus seeing photos of Minaret lakes - the combination had put the Ansel Adams Wilderness on my list years ago. I'm pretty fit, but this time the combination of miles, elevation gain, high elevation air, 43lbs with...
  10. Angeles Explorer

    Backpacking in the Chumash Wilderness Los Padres

    A few months ago, my wife and I went on a backpacking trip in the Chumash Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest. We spent the first night at Chula Vista Campground, then hiked to Mt Pinos, Sawmill Peak, and Grouse Mountain before spending the night at Sheep Camp. We made this video...
  11. balzaccom

    Trail work in the Sierra

    I 'm back from a three day trip to Summit City Canyon with a trail work party. Spectacular weather and a group of really nice guys made this a real pleasure. I began by leaving Napa at a little before 5 a.m. to get to the trailhead in time to meet the group, At about 9:30 the first team hit...
  12. McKee80

    Thousand Island Lake Loop Sept 7-10, 2017

    Preface: I just started backpacking this year with a goal of backpacking in the Sierras someday. I spent the spring and summer backpacking around PA and WV. Probably a half dozen trips, one two nighter, and a couple solo. My fiancee and kids liked me to be able to check in, so I got an...
  13. balzaccom

    Showing the kids around Yosemite

    With our daughter and her husband in town, we wanted to show them a bit of the Yosemite High Country that we love so much. And so we aimed at Tuolumne Meadows. Months ago, when we first planned this trip, we asked for a permit for the Budd Lake trailhead. This is a trailhead that doesn’t...
  14. balzaccom

    Summit City Canyon

    Labor Day weekend is one if the busiest times of the year in the back country. The combination of a long weekend, minimal mosquitoes, and a last gasp effort to get out in the trail means that many wilderness areas can be positively crowded, tent to tent at some lakes. Which is what we were...
  15. Kullaberg63

    Circling Seven Gables Peak, John Muir Wilderness.

    This was a few days ago, mid August 2017. The route on Caltopo is this, direction is counter clockwise: . Highlights were climbing Feather, exploring West Pinnacle Creek and crossing Gemini Col. We were a group of 5: my wife and son, one of his buddies, and our dog. Snow levels right now...
  16. K

    TR: 8-5-2017 Short Trip up to the Sequoias

    Good afternoon All! Hope the summer hiking has been splendid for all. Two weekends ago, Ash and I decided that we needed to recover from our cabin fever and opted to head up to Sequoia. Didn't really have any plan and just opted to see what was available at the ranger station at Grant Grove...
  17. Dave

    La Muerte & El Fuego

    The tale of two valleys: death and fire. Like a million other gullible tourists, I perked up to the talk of a superbloom this spring in Death Valley National Park. The park started promoting the wildflower situation with a video that made the rounds in February. Then every news site in...
  18. Tres Westbrook

    Death Valley National Park - Day One - Golden Cathedral / Gower Gulch

    My wife and I spent the week after Christmas exploring parts of Death Valley National Park in California. I had planned a "highlights" tour of the park, with us doing a day hike or back country drive each day. We spent our first night at Texas Spring campground. It was chilly and windy, but...
  19. Dan_85

    John Muir Trail: Yosemite to Red's Meadow

    July 14th - 18th 2015. Glacier Point, Yosemite to Red's Meadow. Total distance approx. 65 miles. Inspired by @ZubenElGenubi's Thousand Island Lake trip report, I thought i'd contribute my first real trip report to BCP. I've wanted to hike the JMT for a few years now but getting the time off...
  20. ZubenElGenubi

    Ansel Adams Wilderness - Thousand Island Lake

    Summary: August 15-17, 2015; three-day, two-night backpacking trip through Ansel Adams Wilderness. Background: I was going to be around Yosemite for a couple of weeks in August and wanted to visit Thousand Island Lake (inspired by a great outdoor show called "Motion" - more later). I...
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