Day 4: Killer Trees

5 June 2022 Twin Lakes to Lodgepole (7 miles, +300/-3,000 feet). Today was an easy last day. We packed up our beautiful site at Twin Lakes and then headed into the woods for a three thousand foot descent back to civilization. About halfway down we entered a burn zone from the KNP Complex fire (we…

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,…

Day 1: Pear Lake

2 June 2022 Congress Trail to Alta Trail to Trail of the Sequoias, then Lakes Trail to Pear Lake(14 miles, +4,400/-2,200 feet). My backpacking buddies were not going to arrive until this afternoon, so I started this morning with another day hike in the Giant Forest, this time starting at the Sherman Tree and doing…

Giant Forest Wander

1 June 2022 Crescent Meadow to Eagle View to Moro Rock to Giant Forest Museum (5 miles, +700/-1,000 feet). Today I drove up to Sequoia National Park to get a permit for a trip I’m doing tomorrow with MixMaster and ChiaGlyph. We haven’t hiked together since before the pandemic so I am really looking forward…

Army Pass and the Earthquake!

24 June 2020 Sequoia National Park boundary on the PCT to Army Pass to Horseshoe Meadows (13 miles, +1,600/-3,300 feet). After being so depressed yesterday afternoon I awoke feeling somewhat better.  But I still thought I should postpone a Miter Basin trip, so I packed up my things and made my way towards Army Pass….

Cottonwood Pass and then some

23 June 2020 Horseshoe Meadows to Sequoia National Park boundary on the PCT (7 miles, +2,000/-600 feet). I was on my way home from Mineral King when I got two calls. MixMaster called saying he felt bad about ending the trip early, and he urged me to consider going back into the wilderness for a…

Almost Windy Gap

22-23 June 2020 Mineral King to Windy Gap/Franklin Lakes Trail junctions and back (8 miles, +2,000/-2,000 feet). Ahhhhh.  Another trip to Mineral King! My buddy MixMaster has never been here before, and I was eager to show him how beautiful it is.  We planned to meet in Visalia and then from there carpool up the crumbling…

Farewell Canyon

Lower Franklin Lake to Sawtooth Trailhead (6 miles, +600/-3,100 feet). Today was an easy day, but that’s just alright with me given the last two days and my impending 7 hour drive back to San Diego. Last night was peaceful and calm again.  You’d think I would have slept well, but I kept having dreams…