Mono Pass to Piute Pass July 2022

Vicki and I did a ten day backpacking trek from Mono Pass to Piute Pass, starting in Little Lakes Valley, climbing over Mono Pass, descending Mono Creek, heading south on the John Muir Trail, climbing over Selden Pass, ascending Piute Creek, and, eventually, arriving at our car at North Lake.  We had a wonderful time exploring deep lakes, high peaks, stunning passes, and raging creeks.  All told, we hiked seventy miles, climbed nearly 12,000 feet, swatted many mosquitos, and caught countless trout, several of which we ate.

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Convict Lake July 2022

While acclimating to elevation, Vicki and I spent a day checking out Convict Lake, located in the Eastern Sierra south of Mammoth Lakes.  I did a bit of fly fishing, too, but had no luck catching a trout, which was not uncommon; although the lake is regularly stocked, it is also very heavily fished.

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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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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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