Sixty Lakes and Gardiner Basin Loop July 2022

I solo-hiked a 50 mile loop in the High Sierra, visiting the remote Gardiner Basin as well as the stunningly beautiful Sixty Lakes Basin.  I started in Onion Valley, crossed over Kearsarge Pass into Kings Canyon National Park, camped at Charlotte Lake, then climbed over Gardiner Pass roughly following the unmaintained Gardiner Basin Trail, which  was tough enough that it took me an extra day.  After a terrible bushwhacking experience down in Gardiner Creek, I climbed relentlessly into the austere High Sierra landscape of Gardiner Basin.  The next day I climbed up and over Sixty Lakes Col, after which I explored Sixty Lakes Basin from top to bottom, then exited east to the Rae Lakes Basin for the night.  To make up the lost day, I followed the John Muir Trail back over Glen Pass, to the Kearsarge Basin, and eventually arrived back at my car.  It took me seven days to do it, and I managed to do some fly fishing (catch and release) at a number of lakes along the way.  It was a difficult, yet beautiful, trek to a rarely-visited region of the Sierra Nevada.

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Onion Valley Trout Fishing June 2022

Vicki and I spent a mellow week hiking, camping, and backpacking in the High Sierra while fishing for trout in the pristine lakes within the Onion Valley area, on the east side near Independence, CA.  We hiked up all three trails leading out of Onion Valley, and successfully caught fish in the lakes up above, which Vicki promptly cleaned, cooked, and ate.  There is nothing quite like fresh trout!

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Bristlecone Pines May 2022

I went on a hiking trip with my son and nephew in the White Mountain Wilderness and visited the Methuselah Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.  We also drove further up White Mountain Road, and discovered that access to the Patriarch Grove was denied us due to a large snowdrift on the road.  After that, we continued driving toward the Barcroft Gate, and discovered that it, too, was blocked by snow.  We ended up spending the night on a small side road up at 11,500 feet elevation.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO CONTINUE

Bristlecone Pines May 2022

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PCT Kennedy Meadows to Walker Pass April 2022

I went on a solo backpacking trek on the Pacific Crest Trail, heading southbound out of Kennedy Meadows and arriving in Walker Pass four days later.  This is one of the driest sections of the PCT, and I hiked it during a dry year, but luckily it was early enough in the season that drinking water was readily available.  The northern section was forested and the southern part was mostly chaparral, but both were beautiful in their own way.

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PCT Golden Spike to Agua Dulce 2022

I did a solo section hike on the Pacific Crest Trail starting at Soledad Mountain Road near the Golden Spike, heading north, passing through picturesque Vasquez Rocks County Park, and ending at the town of Agua Dulce.  This hike was interesting in that I used an eBike to deliver myself to the beginning trailhead, and picked it up afterwards using the car, which saved me a long road walk.

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White Sands National Park Oct 2021

As part of our big 2021 Road Trip, Vicki and I drove to White Sands National Park in Alamagordo, New Mexico, and checked out the beautiful Sand Dunes.  We had heard about backpacking in the park, but discovered that the backcountry camping area was closed due to Covid.   So, we modified our plans and explored the park by car.

White Sands National Park Oct 2021

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 2021

We went on a road trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and while there, we spent a week exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, by boat on Lake Superior and also via hiking and backpacking along the shoreline on the North Country National Scenic Trail.  We arrived in late September, as Autumn was turning the leaves of the forest into a blaze of color and the weather began to change, showing us the varied power and moods of Lake Superior.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 2021

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