Lone Pine Lake July 2021

I took a fun dayhike up to Lone Pine Lake from the Mount Whitney Trailhead in Whitney Portal, as part of my plan to get acclimated to high elevation on an upcoming hike.  It was perfect hiking weather, and a beautiful day to be up in the High Sierra!

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PCT Fuller Ridge to Whitewater May 2021

I hiked solo on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Fuller Ridge Trailhead in the San Jacinto Wilderness down to Snow Creek, then across the desert, via San Gorgonio Pass, to the Whitewater Preserve near the Whitewater River.  This 28 mile stretch of trail encompassed the remaining pieces of PCT Sections B and C that I hadn’t yet hiked.  It was finally time to get this done!

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PCT Mill Creek to the Golden Spike April 2021

Vicki and I backpacked (mainly) on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mill Creek Summit in the Angeles National Forest to the Golden Spike in Soledad Canyon, near Acton.  Along the way we climbed Mount Gleason and visited the Station Fire Memorial.  We also checked out the “Golden Spike” monument, where the PCT was formally completed and dedicated as a National Scenic Trail back in 1993.  The weather started out hot, but a cold front came through and produced plenty of chilly damp clouds for the second half of the hike.  As always, the PCT delivered plenty of views and lots of ups and downs.

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PCT Hesperia to I-15 April 2021

Vicki and I backpacked on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Dam in Hesperia to Interstate 15 near Cajon Pass, visiting Silverwood Lake along the way.  We’re fairly wimpy hikers, so it took us four days to hike 29 miles!  Why did we do it?  Because this was just about the final piece of PCT Section C that we had left to hike.  The weather was a bit warm, but we had a good time, and got the 2021 hiking season off to a fun start.

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Mecca Hills Painted Canyon 2020

We hiked in Painted Canyon, in the Mecca Hills Wilderness, and visited two narrow Slot Canyons named Rope Canyon and Ladder Canyon.  Rope Canyon has several fixed ropes which allow you to continue past the steep sections, while Ladder Canyon has aluminum ladders to do the same thing.  On the first day we simply hiked around the perimeter of the canyons, and on the second day we went uphill through Rope Canyon, then came back downhill via Ladder Canyon. We had a ton of fun!

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Onion Valley to South Lake 2020

My son and I went on a Seven Day backpacking trek in the High Sierra, hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail / John Muir Trail, starting in Onion Valley and ending at South Lake, while climbing over five passes: Kearsarge Pass, Glen Pass, Pinchot Pass, Mather Pass, and Bishop Pass.

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High Sierra Trail 2020

We went on an Eleven Day backpacking trek on the High Sierra Trail.  We hiked it from East to West (reverse of the usual way) for over 70 miles, starting in Horseshoe Meadows in the Inyo National Forest and ending at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park.  We climbed over Cottonwood Pass to join the Pacific Crest Trail, then hikied north on the PCT until the intersection with the High Sierra Trail, just north of Mount Whitney.  We had a truly excellent and unforgettable time in the High Sierra.

High Sierra Trail 2020

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Big Pine Creek July 2020

We went on a Six Day backpacking trek in the John Muir Wilderness, hiking on the North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail into the Big Pine Lakes Basin, where we hiked to nearly every lake, and climbed up to Sam Mack Meadow on the Palisade Glacier Trail.

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