Day 15: Back to the JMT

8 August 2022 Bishop Pass Trail to Lake 10742 (8 miles, +2,400/-1,400 feet). Two summers ago, Ultrashuffle and some other friends joined Half Cookie and me to hike about 2/3 of the John Muir Trail, starting at South Lake and ending in Yosemite. Well, today, Ultrashuffle, Half Cookie, and I finally have a chance to…

Guppy Pass

3 August 2022 Trail Lake to Mosquito Flat (5 miles, +1,000/-1,900 feet). Well, I’d like to say that I was so tired last night that I was able to sleep padless on the soggy, stoney slope that we moved our tent to. But not so much. This morning everyone was happy but tired. One more…

There and Back Again

2 August 2022 Ruby Lake to Fourth Recess Lake to Trail Lakes(8 miles, +2,200/-2,100 feet). It was cold and damp last night. But that wasn’t the worst thing. Half Cookie’s sleeping pad started deflating early on and I volunteered to give her mine because cold affects her a lot more than it does me. It…

Into the Monsoon

1 August 2022 Mosquito Flat Trailhead to Ruby Lake (2 miles, + 1,000/-0 feet). This is the first trip Half Cookie and I planned with Double Down and Guppy. And boy did we pick a good date to start! We were originally supposed to drive up from San Diego to do a hike out of…

Sneffels Highline

8 July 2022 Telluride to Sneffels Highline Trail to Mill Creek Waterline Trail (14 miles, +4,100/-4,100 feet). Goose and I saved the best for last! A blue sky day and a hike to two spectacular basins and one of the most beautiful passes I have ever climbed. Perfect! We started from the gondola in Telluride,…

Woods Lake to Navajo Lake

7 July 2022 Woods Lake to Navajo Lake and back (9 miles, +3,000/-3,000 feet). Today the weather looked a little better, so Goose and I decided to do a slightly longer hike. This time we drove to Woods Lake where we started our 2,500 foot climb into the Lizard Head wilderness, up to a ridge…

Telluride Escape

6 July 2022 Goose’s House to Ridge above Alta Lakes and back (9 miles +2,300/-2,300 feet). In August this year I was planning to do a long section hike on the Washington section of the PCT with my buddy Goose. He and I met on the PCT last year, when we hiked about 250 miles…

Flowers and Snakes and Antlions, Oh My!

28 June 2022 Big Laguna Loop (12 miles, +1,300/-1,300 feet). My buddy Double Down has a friend in town from Iceland, and we thought it would be fun to show him some of the San Diego scenery up in the mountains. A classic hike in the Laguna Mountains is the Big Laguna Loop, which starts…

Twenty Lakes Basin

20 June 2022 Saddlebag Lake and Twenty Lakes Basin Loop (9 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). Wow! Today was one of my favorite hiking days of all time. Driving down from South Lake Tahoe, we originally intended to stay in Lee Vining and do some day hikes in Yosemite. But then I remembered there is a new…