Day 1: Off Trail in Golden Trout

18 May 2022 Horseshoe Meadow to Dutch Meadow to the PCT to East Potholes to Freckles Meadow to Overholster Meadow (14 miles, + 2,000/-2,900 feet) It’s been an exceptionally dry winter in the Sierra, so I have been eyeing the weather to take advantage of the premature snow melt. The southern Sierra always melts first,…

Three Sisters Falls

9 May 2022 Three Sisters Falls Trail and Eagle Peak Trail (7 miles, + 1,900/-1,900 feet). Double Down and I originally planned to do an overnight on the PCT today, but it will be extremely cold and windy tonight. So we postponed the trip and decided to do a day hike today instead. Three Sisters…

A Delicious Day

24 April 2022 PCT Kitchen Creek Road to the north and back (5 miles, + 1,000/-1,000 feet). Half Cookie and I are friends with a woman who runs a fitness class in our local park that we attend a few days each week. She is preparing to do a big trail run at Bryce Canyon…

Oriflamme Canyon

14 April 2022 Lake Cuyamaca to Stagecoach Trails RV Resort(20 miles, +800/-3,100 feet). It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be last night, and I slept okay in my tent by the lake. I woke up in time to eat my cold-soaked oatmeal and pack up before sunrise. The first part of the…

Cedar Creek Falls to Lake Cuyamaca

13 April 2022 Cedar Creek Falls to Lake Cuyamaca (20 miles, +4,800/-2,000 feet). My knee is finally better! I have been itching to get back on trail since I left the AZT. I originally was planning to go to Arches National Park this week to do some exploring, but my flight was cancelled! So I…

Day 6: I Guess I’m Not a Thru-Hiker

20 March 2022 AZT Mile 92.8 to 104.9 (12.1 miles). Oh boy. I did it again. I quit! The day started out with some beautiful scenery. But I knew I was in trouble when an easy climb out of our wash was giving my right knee fits. Normally after about an hour in the morning,…

Day 5: No Cross-Country for Old Men

19 March 2022 AZT Mile 71.4 to 92.8 (21.4 miles). Butterfingers and I coordinated a 6:30 departure this morning and everything went great. Until we got separated! After a couple of miles we met Aaron, the hiker the biker told us about yesterday. He’s a fast hiker, and I kept pace with him a while…

Day 4: Mount Wrightson

18 March 2022 AZT Mile 50.1 To 71.5 (21.4 Miles). I really thought today was going to be hard. My right knee has been hurting and we were leaving town with full packs and a 2,500 foot climb. But it was a GREAT day! Butterfingers and I started by walking into town past a herd…

Day 3: Nearo to Patagonia

17 March 2022 AZT Mile 39 to 51 (12 miles). Today was a “nearo” — a small mileage day into a town. And I was happy for both the small miles and the town! When I woke up I got a good look at where we set up in the waning light last night. Butterfingers…