Category: Swimming Hole

Copper Creek Trail to Grant Basin: Kings Canyon National Park

One of the first backpacking that keeps drawing me back to new trails Location Kings Canyon National Park Elevation Gain 5,320 feet Mileage 18.8 miles Type Out and back Background Copper Creek Trail lies at Road’s End inside Kings Canyon National Park. To enter…

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Mt. Whitney – Inyo National Forest

Mt. Whitney, tallest mountain of the lower 48 is not a hike to be taken lightly. You don’t just wake up and say, hey I think I’m going to hike Mt. Whitney today. Why? Because you shouldn’t! I’ve climbed the summit twice and put together a guide that can help you plan out your adventure if you choose to climb it.

Pine Creek to Honeymoon Lake – Inyo National Forest

Where: Inyo National Forest Mileage: 12 miles, option to do Pine Creek & Italy Passes adding 19 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult Elevation gain: 3000 ft to Honeymoon Lake Type: Out-and-back To get to the trailhead: Coming from Los Angeles from the 14 take…

Monarch Lakes – Sequoia National Park

Where: Sequoia National Park Mileage: 11.2 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation gain: 3000 ft Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From Visalia take the 198 East for 31.5 miles. Turn right onto Mineral King Road. It is not easy to find, but if…

Steelhead Falls – Deschutes River

Where: Crooked River Ranch Mileage: 1.2 miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation gain: Little to none Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From Terrebonne on Hwy 97 North, turn left onto Lower Bridge Road. In 2.1 miles turn right on 43rd St. 1.8 miles…

San Ysidro Trail – Los Padres National Forest

Where: Los Padres National Forest Mileage: 10.2 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Hard Elevation gain: 3000 feet Type: Out-and-back To get to the trailhead: From US 101 South take San Ysidro exit. Turn left on San Ysidro. East Valley Rd. make a right. Park Lane. will…

Mt. Hawkins via Islip Saddle – Angeles National Forest

Where: Angeles National Forest Mileage: 10.1 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation gain: 2200 feet Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From 210 take Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) for about 39 miles to Islip Saddle. The parking lot is across the street from the…

Little Baldy – Sequoia National Park

Where: Sequoia National Park Mileage: 3.5 miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation gain: 739 feet Type: Out-and-back   To get to the trailhead: From Dorst Campground drive about 1.5 miles South. You will see a large sign on the left side of the road “Little Baldy Trailhead”….

Peanut Lake via Meysan Lakes Trail – Inyo National Forest

Where: Inyo National Forest Mileage: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Hard Elevation gain: 3000 feet Type: Out-and-back   Permits: To hike Meysan Lakes overnight you can either walk-up and get a permit at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine for free or…

Chicken Spring Lake – Golden Trout Wilderness

Where: Golden Trout Wilderness Mileage: 8.6 miles Difficulty: Moderate to Easy Elevation gain: 1330 feet Recommended: swim suit if it’s summer and you want to swim   To get to the trailhead: Take Route 395 from the city of Lone Pine, turn west on Whitney…