Category: California

California Hikes

Robinson Lake via Onion Valley: Inyo National Forest

Robinson Lake is one of the closer lakes by hiking in the Eastern Sierras, but little did we know that it was one of the steeper trails we’ve ever done.  The elevation gain is 1,350 feet in 1.4 miles.  To say the least that…

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Throop Peak, Mt. Burnham & Mt. Baden Powell via Vincent Saddle: Angeles National Forest

Most people who climb Mt. Baden Powell will start from the Vincent Gap style, we decided to go a different route and allow summits to a couple more peaks in the area.  We didn’t decide to do Baden Powell until we got to Mt….

Big McGee Lake via McGee Creek Trail: John Muir Wilderness

*Originally hiked: August 10, 2019 McGee Creek Canyon is one of those hikes that I’ve been waiting to do, since last year I had to cancel it due to other plans getting in the way.  The original overnight permits I got were for Sawmill…

Ruby Lake via Mosquito Flats: John Muir Wilderness

*Originally hiked: July 13, 2019 Ruby Lake lies in the Rock Creek Lake Basin, a very popular fly fishing and hiking destination.  We opted to backpack the area and see how far we can get up to Mono Pass or past it.  It was…

Eagle Rock via Santa Ynez Canyon Trail – Santa Monica Mountains

Originally hiked:  6/2/2019 This past weekend I went on a solo hike in our backyard mountains to Eagle Rock.  Haven’t been hiking The last time I went hiking was Baden-Powell about a month ago which I haven’t written a blog yet, but I did…

Sherwin Lakes Trail – Inyo National Forest

We finally got out for a snowshoe hike this year.  After 3 days of snowboarding we decided to take a break and go out for a snowshoe hike.  I’ve been wanting to do this hike for many years, but we kept opting to snowboard…

Mt. Hawkins via Dawson Saddle – Angeles National Forest

**Originally hiked: October 18, 2018** Trail Data Mileage: 9.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet Location: Angeles National Forest Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: Moderate What to Expect in this Guide Aside from the road being closed to the trailhead we planned on doing, we ended up…

Mt. Baldy, Dawson Peak and Pine Mountain via Backbone Trail: Angeles National Forest

Most people who climb Mt. Baldy go via the Ski Hut Route and do not know that there are a few different ways up to Mt. Baldy, this one being the shorter way up, but not easier. Location Mileage Elevation Gain Type Angeles National Forest 8.2 miles…

20 Things to Do in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

For about 10 years now, we have been going to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks for Memorial Day and random weekend trips. Sometimes I forget that on the other side of the Eastern Sierras there is the Western Side which is just as…

John Muir Trail: Why We Opted Out of Doing the JMT!

It’s taken me a while to write this, because I’ve been in a funk since we decided to postpone doing the John Muir Trail this year. If you are just tuning in, this March I was awarded permits to do the John Muir Trail, a…