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…

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…

Taboose Pass Trail

Taboose Pass to a mile past the Taboose Pass Trailhead (9 miles, +100/-7,000 feet). Today was down, down, down.  From my icy perch to the baking Owens Valley, it was a quick morning of extremes. I slept so hard last night!  I briefly woke up to see the sunset, the moonset, and the Milky Way,…

Pinchot Pass (Plus Three!)

Bull Lake to Taboose Pass(14 miles, +4,600/-2,900 feet). Today is a day I will never forget. It was really hard. It was maybe even harder than my solo trip over Forester Pass in the Spring of 2017. But it was way less scary. I knew what I was doing this time. Even so, it was…

Buena Vista Crest

Lower Merced Lake to Buena Vista Crest to Mono Meadows Trailhead (18 miles, +3,100/-4,600 feet). I was very excited to get up and get started this morning.  Set aside the fact that it was 25 degrees and our water had frozen and I was happy to be moving.  What I was really looking forward to…

Lower Merced Pass Lake

Mono Meadows Trail to Lower Merced Pass Lake (13 miles, +3,000/-1,400 feet). It’s been quite a while since Orion and I did a hike together, so I was really looking forward to our trip to Yosemite. Although the forecast called for lows in the 20s, the weather was bizarrely still quite seasonal, with no snow…