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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Mammoth Lakes Area August 2021

I went on a four day solo backpacking trek in the Sierra Nevada, starting at Duck Lake Pass in Mammoth Lakes, and hiked to the Pacific Crest Trail / John Muir Trail, where I headed south as far as Mono Creek, then hiked back north all the way to Reds Meadow near the Devils Postpile.  This hike served to “bag” yet another section of the PCT and JMT that I hadn’t hiked yet.  It also gave me one final opportunity to hike in the High Sierra during the dry and smoky Summer of 2021 before the authorities closed the forest due to fire danger.  It was great!

Mammoth Lakes Area August 2021

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Devils Postpile JMT-PCT Loop August 2021

Vicki and I went on a four day backpacking trek in the Sierra Nevada, hiking north on the Pacific Crest Trail from Devils Postpile to Thousand Island Lake, followed by hiking south on the John Muir Trail back to Devils Postpile.  This loop is one of the places where the PCT diverges from the JMT, and we wanted to experience both of them.  Which trail section was better?  Well, that’s hard to say.  Read on, and you can come to your own conclusions.

Devils Postpile JMT-PCT Loop August 2021
Devils Postpile JMT-PCT Loop August 2021

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Miter Basin July 2021

I went on a four day solo backpacking trek in the Sierra Nevada, hiking up the Cottonwood Lakes Trail, over Old Army Pass to Soldier Lake, followed by a long day hiking cross-country through the spectacular Miter Basin, then over Crabtree Pass and down past the Crabtree Lakes to Crabtree Meadow, where I barely made it into my tent before an hours-long thunderstorm hit.  I spent the next two days hiking back to my car in Horseshoe Meadows via the Pacific Crest Trail.

Miter Basin July 2021
Miter Basin July 2021

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South Lake to North Lake July 2021

I went on a Six Day solo backpacking trek in the High Sierra, hiking the classic loop from South Lake to North Lake, crossing Bishop Pass to Dusy Basin, climbing up Le Conte Canyon to Muir Pass, descending into the spectacular Evolution Basin, and, finally, climbing up and over Piute Pass.  It felt great to be back in the Sierra once again.

South Lake to North Lake July 2021

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Chocolate Peak Loop July 2021

I took a fun dayhike up and around Chocolate Peak on the Bishop Pass Trail, from the South Lake Trailhead; it was the final part of my three-day plan to get acclimated to high elevation on an upcoming multi-day trek.  I hiked over 7 miles and climbed 1600 feet, and saw many beautiful lakes and mountains.  The South Fork Bishop Creek valley is one of the loveliest places in the High Sierra, and well worth exploring.

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