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  1. J

    Death Valley National Park Keene Canyon-Wonder Mine Loop. Dec. 3, 2019

    Fantastic Dayhike loop up a pretty canyon with plenty of dryfall scrambling, a visit to two major mine sites, and a descent down on of the longer trails in the national park. Any issues or concerns are diligently described in Michel Digonnet's: "Hiking Death Valley". Only recently restored and...
  2. J

    Death Valley Natl Pk Ibex Peak, Jubliee Mtn, Virgin Springs summits Dec. 2, 2019

    Three shorter but highly enjoyable summit scrambles on the south side of Jubilee Pass Hwy, 178 in the south end of Death Valley National Park. Straightforward. Lots of info out on Ibex Peak 4751" standard route. Most cars can do the 1.5 mile approach road. Small camping area at end but...
  3. J

    Death Valley NP: Corkscrew and Artist Palette Peaks, scramble dayhikes Nov 2019

    Nov. 21st: Lots of info out there for Corkscrew Peak. We possessed really none of it but I remembered needing to head for the spring identified on the south slope in the Topo. From near there we picked up a trail that led us rising through fog, sleet, and graupel squalls in a corkscrew...
  4. J

    Death Valley NP. Marble-Cottonwood (side slot) lollipop loop Nov 17-19,2019

    A three day backpack with good water at Dead Horsre Canyon Spring and Upper Cottonwood Spring. Both had a flow for yards. We chose to modify the standard loop in order to add some challenge and uncertainty but mostly to avoid road hiking of lower Cottonwood Canyon. Thus, we went up Marble...
  5. westy

    Mojave National Preserve

    I love autumn in the Mojave, warm days & chilly nights. And no more Mojave Greens to look out for ! So I headed into the MNP to camp and hike near the cinder cones, Club peak (NUB bm) area. Made it to a camp late afternoon and took off up Button Mountain, one of said cinder cone remnants, and...
  6. Tim Valentine

    Big Pine Creek Eastern Sierra

    Between Bishop and Lone Pine, California sits the small town of Big Pine. West of town is Big Pine Creek, draining some of the High Sierra snowmelt. The creek canyon gives access to many of the Sierras 14'ers, including the Palisades group. The Creek splits into a South fork and a North...
  7. McKee80

    TR: Bear Lakes Basin Pine Creek TH 09-05/11-19

    Hi, and thanks to everyone that provided information to make this trip possible for me. I get about a week a year to do a backpacking trip out west. We've only been at this a short time and we wanted to try some cross country travel, but nothing too nasty. And to get better at finding...
  8. fossana

    Bear Lakes > Royce Lakes overnighter (High Sierra)

    Intro The fabled Bear Lakes Basin has been on my to do list for several years. There's no easy way in between the mileage, elevation gain, and 12-13,000 foot passes. I decided to suck it up and do it as an overnighter. My original plan was to loop back over Feather Pass through French Canyon...
  9. dug

    Scenes From The Saddle. Bikepacking Northeastern California

    June 2019 I left Reno on my bike by about 10:30 am. Originally I had planned to ride directly from the house but Joannie was going to Reno anyway so I got a boost from her. I followed the Truckee Pyramid bike route as far as Verdi then cut off and headed up Henness Pass rd. I enjoyed a brief...
  10. Tim Valentine

    Bikepacking Anza Borrego

    The inspiration for this trip started with a trip to the Mojave National Preserve last year where they have desert tortoises in a protected environment. The Tortoises are protected now but prior to that people used to pick them up in the desert as they drove the roads and take them home as...
  11. fossana

    Pine Creek/Granite Park fall excursion (High Sierra)

    Since I was in Bishop on Sunday for a friend's bday party I took Monday off to take my fur niece, Pika, on a hike. I hadn't been up to Granite Park in a few years, so I took advantage of the cooler fall temps and foliage for a reunion. Route (out/back) Logistics Start/end: Pine Creek...
  12. W

    A week in the Sierra Nevada

    Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP Onion Valley Trailhead 8/1 - 8/8/18 (7 nights) Warning: this is long and probably has too many photos (mix of camera and cellphone) and definitely has too many details that most of you won't care about After a lot of backpacking in KY heat last summer, I decided that I...
  13. Boognish

    Four days in the High Sierra

    Originally I had permits for a route in The Minarets area but the Lions fire kicked back up in activity and left me scrambling to find a new plan a week out. Conditions looked clear in SEKI and I remembered of a spot a friend had mentioned to me as one of the most spectacular spots in the range...
  14. Miya

    Pikas and Marmots and Fish, Oh Yay!

    Nearest City: Kyburz, CA Trailhead: Twin Lakes TH, Desolation Wilderness Destination: Smith Lake ~2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1750 New Gear for Miya: Sleeping Bag - Sea to Summit Spark SP II 35F Trekking Poles – Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Partners: Bobbi (Day hiking) Freckles First Time...
  15. balzaccom

    Feeling very lucky

    My nephew Daniel from Spain, his wife, and two of their friends had planned to visit us in California, and he had requested a camping trip to see Yosemite and, if possible a backpacking trip as well. The only challenge was that his schedule was a bit up in the air, and we couldn't count on...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...

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