Rae Lakes from Onion Valley July 2019

We went on a week-long backpacking trek to see the Rae Lakes.  We started from Onion Valley, on the east side of the Sierra Nevada in the John Muir Wilderness, and climbed over Kearsarge Pass into Kings Canyon National Park.  We then climbed over Glen Pass to the Rae Lakes Basin, and hiked on one of the most scenic sections of the John Muir Trail.  Along the way, we day-hiked to the Sixty Lakes Basin and also climbed to see the rarely-visited Dragon Lake.

Vicki and I on top of Glen Pass with the Rae Lakes Basin down below us

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San Gorgonio July 2019

We backpacked up the South Fork Trail to Dry Lake, day-hiked to the summits of Ten Thousand Foot Ridge and Lake Peak, and traversed cross-country to Dollar Lake.  This was our first visit to the South Fork Trail since the Lake Fire in 2015, and we wanted to see just how badly the forest got burned.

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