Category: California

California Hikes

Mt. Baldy Loop via Bear Canyon Trail

another great training hike, via a non-common route *Originally hiked: May 1, 2021 Followed by a great overnight training on Mt. San Jacinto, we decided to do the next tall peak as an overnighter too.  Plans changed and we only did 1 day, but… Continue Reading “Mt. Baldy Loop via Bear Canyon Trail”

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Mt. San Jacinto via Deer Springs Trail

snow covered mountain, but needed a training hike *Originally hiked: April 17-18, 2021 In March earlier this year, we got permits to hike the John Muir Trail in June.  It was time to train and the only way to do so, was to hit… Continue Reading “Mt. San Jacinto via Deer Springs Trail”

Twin Lakes: Sequoia National Park

A calm before the storm in Sequoia *Originally hiked: Oct 24–25, 2020 This one was a good one about 2 years ago, right before a snow storm hit the area, we got one last backpacking trip in to a lake that is named after… Continue Reading “Twin Lakes: Sequoia National Park”

Convict Lake Backcountry – John Muir Wilderness

I have a confession to make.  I don’t usually like to do the same trail twice because there is just so much more trails out there to see.  But, this year I have returned a few times to the same trails, Convict Lake Backcountry… Continue Reading “Convict Lake Backcountry – John Muir Wilderness”

John Muir Trail: Day 3 & 4

A lighter climb day vs. completing the hardest pass day Day Miles Point A to Point B Elevation Gain Elevation Loss June 8  10.54 miles Just below Guitar Lake to Tyndall Creek 1,706 feet 1,909 feet June 9  13.37 miles Tyndall Creek to Vidette… Continue Reading “John Muir Trail: Day 3 & 4”

John Muir Trail: Day 1&2

Finding our rhythm on the first couple days of the trail Day Miles Point A to Point B Elevation Gain Elevation Loss June 6 7.33 miles Whitney Portal to view of Consultation Lake 3,323 feet 67 feet June 7 11.27 miles Consultation Lake to… Continue Reading “John Muir Trail: Day 1&2”

Big Pine Creek North Fork to Third Lake: John Muir Wilderness

Unfortunately this seems to be a very popular trail.  Please make sure that you practice Leave No Trace; we found a lot of trash here and there.  We found a couple campfires; it specifically says no campfires on this trail when you pick up… Continue Reading “Big Pine Creek North Fork to Third Lake: John Muir Wilderness”

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… Continue Reading “Robinson Lake via Onion Valley: Inyo National Forest”

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.… Continue Reading “Throop Peak, Mt. Burnham & Mt. Baden Powell via Vincent Saddle: Angeles National Forest”

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… Continue Reading “Big McGee Lake via McGee Creek Trail: John Muir Wilderness”