San Jacinto Peak

4 July 2020 Junction Meadow to San Jacinto Peak to Humber Park (13 miles, +3,300/5,000 feet). Last night was REALLY warm!  I couldn’t get comfortable because it was about 60, too cold without a bag and too warm with.  We were planning to stay one more night, but we decided towards the end of the…

Hidden Lake

3 July 2020 Basecamp near Junction Meadow to Tamarack Valley to Long Valley to Hidden Lake and back (14 miles, +2,600/-2,600 feet). Today we decided to hike over to the area by the Palm Springs Tram, which is closed due to COVID.  We weren’t sure what we would find, but it’s exactly what you might…

Tahquitz Peak

2 July 2020 Humber Park to Tahquitz Peak to Tahquitz Meadow to Junction Meadow (7 miles, +2,800/-1,200 feet). Half Cookie and I had a trip planned for Rae Lakes a few weeks ago but a storm came through that sent winds up to 70MPH and temperatures down to 20 degrees.  Yikes! Needless to say, we…

Army Pass and the Earthquake!

24 June 2020 Sequoia National Park boundary on the PCT to Army Pass to Horseshoe Meadows (13 miles, +1,600/-3,300 feet). After being so depressed yesterday afternoon I awoke feeling somewhat better.  But I still thought I should postpone a Miter Basin trip, so I packed up my things and made my way towards Army Pass….

Cottonwood Pass and then some

23 June 2020 Horseshoe Meadows to Sequoia National Park boundary on the PCT (7 miles, +2,000/-600 feet). I was on my way home from Mineral King when I got two calls. MixMaster called saying he felt bad about ending the trip early, and he urged me to consider going back into the wilderness for a…

Almost Windy Gap

22-23 June 2020 Mineral King to Windy Gap/Franklin Lakes Trail junctions and back (8 miles, +2,000/-2,000 feet). Ahhhhh.  Another trip to Mineral King! My buddy MixMaster has never been here before, and I was eager to show him how beautiful it is.  We planned to meet in Visalia and then from there carpool up the crumbling…

Morgan Pass

14 June 2020 Mosquito Flat to Morgan Pass and back (7 miles, +1,200/-1,200 feet). Sadly, today we had to depart from our motel with the lovely view of Lake Mono and head back to San Diego.  But on the way we thought we would sneak in one more hike. And we could not have asked…

Almost Duck Pass

13 June 2020 Twin Lakes to Barney Lake then back via Emerald Lake and Lake George (12 miles, +2,100/-2,100 feet). Today was COLD!  Winds constantly gusted and the temperature stayed very much in the 30s and 40s until the afternoon. We originally planned to climb Duck Pass and hike Mammoth Crest in a big loop,…

Rushing to Thousand Island Lake

12 June 2020 Rush Creek Trailhead to Thousand Island Lake and back (15 miles, +5,000/-5,000 feet). Today was an extremely dramatic day!  That storm that kept us from backpacking at Rae Lakes came through and at times it nearly blew us off the mountain.  When we started our hike near Silver Lake, it was only…

Ancient Bristlecone Pines

11 June 2020 Methuselah Trail (4.5 miles, +900/-900 feet). Half Cookie and I were supposed to go to Rae Lakes today.  But a late storm rolled in and it looks like tomorrow evening it will be 20 degrees with winds gusting to 70 MPH. It will still be there next time! So we decided to…

Corte Madera Mountain

16 May 2020 Corte Madera Mountain Trail (7 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). Another COVID hike!  This time we decided to do a remote location sandwiched between the Pine Creek Wilderness and the Hauser Wilderness.  It was quite warm, but overall a beautiful day to hike. The beginning of this hike is on a forest road through…

Anza Escape

26 March 2020 Carrizo Canyon to Rockhouse Canyon and back (8 miles, +700/-700 feet). So we’ve been under stay at home orders for several days in California due to COVID-19, but it’s been a bit confusing about what is allowed and what is not.  Half Cookie and I have been going a little stir crazy…