Humboldt Redwoods

14 June 2022 Gould Grove, Rockefeller Grove, Big Trees Area, Founders Grove (4 miles). Today we spent a few hours in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, getting out at some of the major groves to wander around amongst the giants. This might just be the most spectacular state park in California. It was a great day!…

Hendy Woods and Russian Gulch

13 June 2022 Discovery and Upper Loop, North Trail (4 miles, + 400/-400 feet). Our son Double Sub just graduated from UC Davis (yay!) and while Half Cookie and I are up here anyway, we decided to do a day-hiking road trip in northern California. First stop: Hendy Redwoods State Park. There is a nice…

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…

Day 3: A New Trail Over Cottonwood Pass

20 May 2022 Big Whitney Meadow to Horseshoe Meadow (7 miles, +1,500/-1,300 feet). Although I camped in a good spot last night, I had trouble sleeping again. I feel like all of a sudden I don’t know what to do with my arms on the sleeping pad! It’s weird because usually I feel quite cozy…

Day 2: Volcano Meadow

19 May 2022 Overholster Meadow to McConnel Meadow to Tunnel Meadow to Volcano Meadow to Little Whitney Meadow to Big Whitney Meadow(20.1 miles, +3,600 / 2,900 feet). Today was beautiful but lonely. I don’t know exactly why I’ve been struggling so much with solitude lately, but it is what it is. I was originally planning…