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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...

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