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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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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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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Paiute Pass July 2017

We hiked up the Paiute Pass Trail into Humphreys Basin over the long July Fourth Weekend.  We stayed the first night at Paiute Lake, and the second night on a high ridge between Desolation Lake and the Humphreys Lakes.  There was plenty of snow and very deep sun cups everywhere up in the basin.  The snow was melting everywhere but many of the lakes were still frozen.  It was a challenging and beautiful hike.

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