Sneffels Highline

8 July 2022 Telluride to Sneffels Highline Trail to Mill Creek Waterline Trail (14 miles, +4,100/-4,100 feet). Goose and I saved the best for last! A blue sky day and a hike to two spectacular basins and one of the most beautiful passes I have ever climbed. Perfect! We started from the gondola in Telluride,…

Woods Lake to Navajo Lake

7 July 2022 Woods Lake to Navajo Lake and back (9 miles, +3,000/-3,000 feet). Today the weather looked a little better, so Goose and I decided to do a slightly longer hike. This time we drove to Woods Lake where we started our 2,500 foot climb into the Lizard Head wilderness, up to a ridge…

Telluride Escape

6 July 2022 Goose’s House to Ridge above Alta Lakes and back (9 miles +2,300/-2,300 feet). In August this year I was planning to do a long section hike on the Washington section of the PCT with my buddy Goose. He and I met on the PCT last year, when we hiked about 250 miles…

Flowers and Snakes and Antlions, Oh My!

28 June 2022 Big Laguna Loop (12 miles, +1,300/-1,300 feet). My buddy Double Down has a friend in town from Iceland, and we thought it would be fun to show him some of the San Diego scenery up in the mountains. A classic hike in the Laguna Mountains is the Big Laguna Loop, which starts…

Twenty Lakes Basin

20 June 2022 Saddlebag Lake and Twenty Lakes Basin Loop (9 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). Wow! Today was one of my favorite hiking days of all time. Driving down from South Lake Tahoe, we originally intended to stay in Lee Vining and do some day hikes in Yosemite. But then I remembered there is a new…

Granite & Eagle Lakes Loop

19 June 2020 Granite & Eagle Lakes Loop (8 miles, +2,200/-2,200 feet). The drive around Lake Tahoe was spectacular yesterday. Right as we hit the state parks on the southwest side, it started snowing! Today we went from South Lake Tahoe back to the state parks, choosing a loop hike that heads up into the…

Cold Boiling Lake

18 June 2022 Cold Boiling Lake Trail (2 miles). There was more rain yesterday so we decided to spend a layover day in Redding, which has a very cute downtown with a couple of very good breweries. Today we headed to Lake Tahoe, but not before touring Lassen Volcanic National Park and doing a short…

Redwoods National Park

16 June 2022 Lady Bird Johnson Grove and Tall Trees Trail (5 miles, +800/-800 feet). Yesterday we got a permit to hike the Tall Trees trail in Redwood National Park. They sent us a code for a locked gate we had to drive through to get to the trailhead. But on the way, we first…

Prairie Creek Redwoods

15 June 2022 Miner’s Ridge and James Irvine Trails (12 miles, +1,700/-1,700 feet). Yesterday we arrived in Arcata, an extremely cute town that is home to Humboldt State. We will be staying here for a few days as we explore some of the state and national redwood parks. Since we could leave all our stuff…