High Divide – Seven Lakes Basin Loop

19 August 2020 Soleduck Trail to Deer Lakes Trail to High Divide Trail to Solduc Park and back (19 miles, +5,000/-5,000 feet). I have been traveling with my mom and dad the past 10 days, first in the Redwoods and then in Olympic National Park.  It has been a beautiful trip, but we have mostly…

Day 14: Down in the Valley, the Valley So Low

1 August 2020 JMT Cloud’s Rest Trail to Happy Isles (8.9 miles, +900/-3,200 feet) Today was our triumphant finish!  Bishop to Yosemite Valley, nearly 150 miles in two weeks. But it was a very strange ending.  This is obviously some of the most dramatic scenery on Earth, but it was sometimes hard to appreciate with…

Day 13: DA BEARS!

31 July 2020 JMT Lower Cathedral Lake to Clouds Rest Trail (11.7 miles, +1,200/-3,300 feet). We originally planned to camp below Clouds Rest today, but I was worried about trying to do 6,000 feet of descent to the valley floor on our last day.  So we decided to stick to the JMT and split the…

Day 12: Lower Cathedral Lake

30 July 2020 JMT from Ireland Lake Trail to Lower Cathedral Lake (11.2 miles, +1,400/-1,000 feet). Today was sad because we said goodbye to Flower Power who headed back home from Tuolumne. But it was also happy because we camped at Lower Cathedral Lake, one of my favorite of the trip! We broke camp in…

Day 11: Over Donahue Pass to Lyell Canyon

29 July 2020 JMT from Waugh Lake Trail to Ireland Lake Trail (10.4 miles, +1,800/-2,500 feet). We slept really well last night to the tune of Rush Creek, undisturbed by human visitors. We enjoyed breakfast and a sunrise and were on our way. We encountered the large group that camped ahead of us right away…

Day 10: Garnet Lake, Thousand Island Lake, and Island Pass

28 July 2020 JMT Ediza Lake Trail to Waugh Lake Trail (7.8 miles, +2,200/-1,600 feet). Well, the big group the surrounded us last night really upset Flower Power.  They were camped about 5 feet away from her and decided to have a very loud conversation from 4am to 5am and shine lights on her tent….

Day 9: Up to Gladys and down to Ediza

27 July 2020 Reds Meadow to JMT Intersection with Ediza Lake Trail (9.6 miles, +3,100/-1,700 feet). It was a little louder in the campground last night than I expected, but that’s why I bring earplugs!  Fortunately, by 10pm the guitar player stopped…. This morning started with some attention to feet before we wandered around the…

Day 8: Down, down, down to Reds Meadow

26 July 2020 Duck Lake Outlet to Reds Meadow (11.4 miles, +700/-3,100 feet). Today was pretty and the trail was really nice and flat and duffy with beautiful views across the Fish Creek and Middle Fork San Joaquin Valleys. But mostly today was about FOOD! And SHOWERS! We awoke to a purply glow in the…

Day 7: Virginia, Purple, and Duck

25 July 2020 Fish Creek to Duck Lake Outlet (6.5 miles, +1,900/-1,400 feet). As of today we were about 7 miles ahead of our planned itinerary, so we decided to slow down to enjoy a series of lakes today and then set up to arrive at Reds Meadow tomorrow afternoon. We had another cozy fire…

Day 6: Hail on Fish Creek

24 July 2020 North Fork Mono Creek over Silver Pass to Fish Creek (10 miles, +3,500/-1,900 feet). Today was all about the weather.  The main goal was to get up and over Silver Pass before the monsoon thunderstorms, but it was a little tough to leave our warm and cozy campsite. But eventually we got going….

Day 5: Bear Creek to Mono Creek North Fork

23 July 2020 Marie Lakes to JMT Mono Creek North Fork(13.1 miles, +1,300/-4,000 feet). Today was sort of ho-hum, but that’s not surprising given how eventful yesterday was.   It was lovely to wake up at the spectacular Marie Lakes where my wife decided to wait out the cold a bit.    

Day 4: Selden Pass

22 July 2020 Florence Lake Trail to Muir Trail Ranch to Marie Lakes (8 miles, +3,700/-800 feet). Today we headed two miles down to Muir Trail Ranch to get our resupply buckets.  There is a sign to Muir Trail Ranch, but there was a cryptic amendment posted below that was somewhat confusing.