Sprague Lake redux

Glacier Basin Campground to Sprague Lake and back (2 miles, +200/-200 feet). We had to drive back early today to return the RV, but not before an early morning return to Sprague Lake. And guess what!  ZoZo got her moose! He was with a lady friend. And from across the distance we could also hear…

Alpine Ridge Trail, et al.

Alpine Ridge Trail, Adams Falls Trail, and some random alpine cross country (3 miles, +600/-600 feet). Today was more a car-touring day than a hiking day, but some of our short hikes were notable.  First there was a short hike to 12,000 feet from the Alpine Visitor Center. We drove down to Grand Lake to…

Bierstadt Lake

Bear Lake to Hollowell Park (5 miles, +400/-1,500 feet). Today we were looking for a downhill hike, and thanks the the shuttle system in Rocky Mountain National Park, we got just what we were looking for.  Starting at Bear Lake, we hiked a teensy bit of uphill to get over a ridge and then cruised…

Five Lakes Loop

Glacier Gorge to Bear Lake via Mills Lake and Lake Haiyaha (7 miles, +1,600/-1,300 feet). Today we set off to do a seven lake loop in the Bear Lakes area, but as it turns out, five was plenty!  I got to see two lakes I missed last time I was here, Mills Lake with lovely…

Sprague Lake

Glacier Basin Campground to Sprague Lake and back (2 miles, +200/-200 feet). ZoZoZoom just turned 75!  Woo hoo! So time for a hike, naturally. We met in Denver, rented an RV, and headed up to Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Lucky for us, we had time before sundown for a short hike…

Last Little Bit

Cora Lakes to Isberg Pass Trailhead (5 miles, +200/-1,700 feet). Today was pretty simple: a downhill hike back to the car.  But it still had its moments. Here’s a map of the whole trip:  

Isberg Pass

Switchbacks above Lyell Fork to Cora Lakes (15 miles, +1,900/-3,100 feet). We awoke to beautiful light on the Clark Range in the distance. And below we could hear the Lyell Fork rushing down to the Merced over steep, vast, and impossibly smooth granite slabs. Soon we packed up and headed into the woods.  Today we…

Lyell Fork

Lake 10217 to Lake 11311 and back then downstream to Isberg Pass Trail (10 miles, +2,300/-2,700 feet). Today we started with a day hike to explore the upper Lyell Fork.  I’ve mapped it on caltopo, along with our trip yesterday through Bench Canyon: For the most part route finding was straightforward, except the path from…

Bench Canyon

Hemlock Crossing to Lyell Fork of the Merced (10 miles, +4400/-1800 feet). I was hoping a cold morning would reduce the bug pressure, but we didn’t really have one.  The temperatures only dropped into the high 50s so the little bloodsuckers were more than happy to greet us as we exited our tents. We had…

Hemlock Crossing

Isberg Pass Trailhead to Hemlock Crossing (9 miles +2400/-1900 feet). Ever since we had to alter our Sierra High Route section hike last year, MixMaster and I have wanted to go to Bench Canyon and Lyell Fork.  It is supposed to be one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the Sierra. This summer,…

The Gallatin Crest

Gallatin Crest to Cliff Creek Trail (13 miles, +1,700/-5,200 feet). Today was a tale of two trails.  It was the best of trails, it was the worst of trails…. Last night we did not get as much rain as I expected.  It was enough to make it cozy sleeping in the tent but not so…

Hyalite Creek Trail

Hyalite Creek Trail to Crater Lake (12 miles, +4,500/-2,000 feet). My buddy UltraShuffle called me a few months ago saying he had a wedding in Bozeman, Montana coming up, and could we please go hiking in Glacier National Park? Sure, no problem! So I designed a trip, we went back and forth on the details,…