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.  

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 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…

Day 0: Night of the Comet

18 July 2020 South Lake to Long Lake (2.1 miles, +1,200/-300 feet). Today we started our two-thirds-of-the-John-Muir-Trail adventure! First I had to rent a monster truck to carry my wife and our friends and all our gear to Bishop. Then we had to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles airport, grab said friends, and get to…

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….

Morgan Pass

14 June 2020 Mosquito Flat to Morgan Pass and back (7 miles, +1,200/-1,200 feet). Sadly, today we had to depart from our motel with the lovely view of Lake Mono and head back to San Diego.  But on the way we thought we would sneak in one more hike. And we could not have asked…

Almost Duck Pass

13 June 2020 Twin Lakes to Barney Lake then back via Emerald Lake and Lake George (12 miles, +2,100/-2,100 feet). Today was COLD!  Winds constantly gusted and the temperature stayed very much in the 30s and 40s until the afternoon. We originally planned to climb Duck Pass and hike Mammoth Crest in a big loop,…

Red Cones

Fox Meadow to Red Cones (12 miles, +3,400 feet/-1,100 feet). Today we thought we might only make it to Rainbow Falls to camp.  But that area is very close to the developed areas around Reds Meadow, and it is dusty and mostly in a burn zone.  I was hopeful we would have enough energy to…

Fox Meadow

Marsh Lake to Fox Meadow (10 miles, +900/-3,500 feet). I finally slept well last night.  I was still having flashbacks to my nearly-fatal river crossing, but it only took about an hour to mellow out and drift away. I was up before dawn with Ultrashuffle, sitting by the fire and making coffee. Finder found a…

Long Canyon

Marsh Lake Trail to Long Canyon and return (9 miles, +1,800/-1,100 feet). I had a really tough time falling asleep last night. I kept replaying the nearly-fatal river crossing in my head, over and over.  My worst memory was me just holding onto the trunk, falling around on the surface of the water, watching my…

Fish Creek Almost Killed Me

Iva Bell Hot Springs to Marsh Lake Trail (7 miles, +1,900/-700 feet). Today was, in nearly all respects, another beautiful day with friends in the woods. But it was also the worst day of my life. Don’t worry, I will explain. The morning started uneventfully as we packed up from our lovely campsite. We started…