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  1. toejam

    Lower Sisquoc Loop

    The weather forecast, a rare thing in southern California, ended our trip plans to drive, camp & work the trail on a 6000' ridge above Santa Barbara. I'd been itching for this trip and had to fight to get Friday off work, my wife made plans to party like a rock star while I was gone, so I had to...
  2. ram

    Crash Site/Lower Hades Canyon 2-15-15

    A service project was suggested by Death Valley National Park. The Coalition of American canyoneers jumped on board. The death Valley Wilderness Coordinator Charlie Callagan wanted to survey a not historic plane crash site. Here Charlie describes the crash...
  3. balzaccom

    Death Valley in February

    A few years ago we took a trip to Death Valley in the spring...thinking that it would be a good way to get in some hiking while the Sierra was under snow, and it would also give us a chance to see one of the largest US national parks at a time when the temperatures were conducive to hiking and...
  4. Laura

    Bishop, CA trip

    I just got back from an intentionally mellow trip with Stan and wasn't planning on a trip report, but I got some cool shots and the Bishop area doesn't get much attention here so I decided to write this up in the photography section. I'm sure Nick will move this if it's not in the right place...
  5. Kullaberg63

    Clark Mountain - a remote California desert peak.

    Clark Mountain, at nearly 8000', is the high point in Mojave National Preserve. It's a lofty bastion of limestone with a complex topography involving numerous radiating ridges and precipitous basins. The mountain is covered in single leaf pinyon and juniper, plus the typical assortment of...
  6. toejam

    Mission Pine Ridge

    It was my privilege two weeks ago to help clear one of the roughest and scariest trails I’ve hiked. The Mission Pine Trail is the most spectacular trail in my local haunt, the San Rafael Wilderness. I hiked the east end of this trail three years ago, three days into a weeklong backpacking trip...
  7. toejam

    East Deck Loop

    To celebrate the yearly reminder that I'm way older than I ever wanted to be, I signed up with a local meetup group for a brutal day hike - the east and more distant end of the Hurricane Deck. The organizer called it "El Marathon de los Muertos" because it was 26 miles, occurred on the Latin...
  8. toejam

    Mts. Williamson & Tyndall

    My Rainier buddy Pryor was in town shortly after our big trip. Being an avid climber from Leadville, CO, he was ready for 14,000' in the high Sierra. We left my place in Pismo Beach alittle after 3:00 a.m., and, after getting lost in Tehachapi, we made it to the Lone Pine Interagency Center a...
  9. balzaccom

    Yosemite--Budd Lake and Beyond

    OK--since people seemed to have enjoyed my last post about Green Lakes, here's another trip report from this summer: a wonderful trip to the southern side of the Cathedral Range in Yosemite. Because there are no marked trails through here, this area gets a lot less traffic than trails just a...
  10. balzaccom

    Day hiking in Yosemite

    This weekend we visited Yosemite with a visitor from Italy--one who wasn't sure she wanted to spend the night in the wilderness---so we took her on a few day hikes. And had a wonderful time. That's Taft Point and El Capitan below Admittedly, the waterfalls in Yosemite are barely trickles...
  11. balzaccom

    Green Lakes, Hoover Wilderness

    New here, but thought I'd give a boost to the Sierra Nevada with a post about our last trip out of the east side trailhead, Green Creek. The trail up to Green Lake is a very pleasant stroll up the canyon. Some of it runs alongside Green Creek, and none of it gets too steep. You couldn't ask...
  12. Ben

    Yosemite Falls, Panorama Cliff, Tuolomne Grove

    Back in july my girl and i went down to San Francisco to visit her grandparents. On the way there we were able to camp for two nights in Yosemite, and do a little hiking. Not quite as much as i would have liked, but you know, it's never enough. We slept at a rest stop on the way down, and then...
  13. IntrepidXJ

    Mount Whitney

    Top of the Contiguous USA Friday - Tuesday, August 22-26, 2014 Mount Whitney- at 14,508 feet it is the highest mountain peak in the contiguous United States. While I have always thought about climbing to the summit of Mount Whitney at some point in my life, I really had never seriously planned...
  14. klank

    Ahoy shipmates - Onward n Upward to Sailor Lake

    This past weekend I made my first adventure into the Eastern Sierras. For my solo trip this year I chose Sabrina Basin in the John Muir Wilderness. SR 168 runs west on a beautiful paved road out of Bishop, CA. En route to TH there are about 5 campgrounds one could crash if need to acclimate...
  15. Shaverkid

    Trans-Sierra Backpack

    In July 2006 we did a trans-sierra hike through Royce Lakes on the east side over through Bear Lakes Wilderness and out the west side at Bear Creek Trailhead. It was a 3 night trip. Typical great Sierra weather. This is my first post, been watching all of the trip reports for a couple years...
  16. Laura

    Eastern Sierra Getaway

    Stan and I recently celebrated 9 years together by hiking in the Eastern Sierra. Nothing adventurous in this trip, just a lot of relaxation and enjoying the outdoors. The Sierra Nevada has two distinct regions-the Western Sierra, which is very forested and lush because it creates a rain...
  17. klank

    Desolation Wilderness - Summer Solstice 2014

    In May I had planned to solo Velma, Dicks & Fontanillis Lake loop in Desolation Wilderness; near South Lake Tahoe. Before the weekend of trip my sinus infection that has been lingering all winter came back to bite me. So, on the off-chance Mark could head out in June I inquired, with...
  18. Dave

    Anza Borrego Desert, October 2013

    Shakedown. There's a hilarity in seeing the SUV you at age 19 broke by driving over an eight-inch retaining wall morph in its elder years into a legitimate trail machine. My parents' ugly gold Exploder, the car I was driving when I started dating my college girlfriend, when my close friends...
  19. klank

    Emerald & Pear Lake - Sequoia National Park - August 3-5, 2013

    Just after the stroke of midnight I set off for Sequoia National Park on my first solo packing adventure. Arriving at Lodgepole Ranger station about an hour early I had time to ponder if my original trip was a bit too much to chew; buddy and I had planned a 5 day trip over Silliman Pass with...
  20. IntrepidXJ

    Leaving Death Valley

    Death Valley Trip 2013 | Day 9 & 10 Sunday & Monday, February 17-18, 2013 The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO For my last morning in Death Valley I decided to head back up to Dante's View to catch the sunrise. Glow on the horizon. Morning Color by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr The Earth...

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