Day 3: Little Lakes

4 June 2022 Crescent Lake to Ranger Lake to Twin Lakes plus a day hike to Little Lakes (11 miles, +3,000/-3,300 feet). Crescent Lake was absolutely gorgeous this morning, and of course being so far off trail we had it to ourselves. After breakfast we made our way cross country to the north, dropping to…

Day 2: The Kings-Kaweah Divide

3 June 2022 Pear Lake to Tablelands Pass then Kings-Kaweah Divide to Crescent Lake (12 miles, +3,000/-2,800 feet). Wow! I mean, wow. Today was one of those days that I have been looking forward to for a very long time. I always knew I would love doing cross-country through the Tablelands after the snow melts,…

Paradise Valley

18 October 2020 Upper Paradise Valley to Roads End (10 miles, +500/-2,000 feet). The name of this part of the Rae Lakes Loop always raises my expectations too much.  “Paradise” is mostly below treeline, so not exactly what someone who loves the Sierra is looking for.  Nonetheless, it *is* a pretty walk past the South…

The Good Stuff

17 October 2020 Junction Meadow to Upper Paradise Valley (21 miles, +4,000/-5,000 feet). Whee!!! Today is exactly the kind of day that I live for.  I started hiking before daybreak, was above treeline by sunrise, and spent most of the day gawking at barren rocky passes, gorgeous alpine lakes, massive granite domes, and intensely yellow…

Bubbs Creek

16 October 2020 Roads End to Junction Meadow (10.3 miles, +3,000/-500 feet). I had several trips planned to the Sierra this August and September.  But then California caught on fire, and I had to seek several alternatives in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.  Those trips have been great, but I was feeling really sad that I…

Day 3: Fifteen Miles!

21 July 2020 Evolution Lake to Florence Lake Trail (14.6 miles, +800/-3,900 feet). Today was another monsoon day in the Sierra, but we were far from any peaks and our only job was down, down, down, so we stayed dry.  We made great time (Bee’s Knees loves “bonus miles!”) and set ourselves up nicely to get our…

Day 2: Storm on Muir Pass

20 July 2020 JMT Bishop Pass Trail to Evolution Lake (12.1 miles, +3,500/-1,400 feet). Even though we were at lower elevation and in a nice campsite last night, most of us had trouble sleeping.  I was especially worried about this because today was quite possibly the most challenging day of the trip.  With monsoon conditions promising thunderstorms…

Day 1: Bishop Pass

19 July 2020 Long Lake to LeConte Canyon (9.9 miles, +1,600/-3,600 feet). Today we spent the whole day just getting to the John Muir Trail.  But the trail we were on over Bishop Pass was itself extremely beautiful in ways I did not expect—even though I’ve been here before! Sunrise on Long Lake was amazing.  I was…

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,…