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…

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…

San Jacinto Peak

4 July 2020 Junction Meadow to San Jacinto Peak to Humber Park (13 miles, +3,300/5,000 feet). Last night was REALLY warm!  I couldn’t get comfortable because it was about 60, too cold without a bag and too warm with.  We were planning to stay one more night, but we decided towards the end of the…

Hidden Lake

3 July 2020 Basecamp near Junction Meadow to Tamarack Valley to Long Valley to Hidden Lake and back (14 miles, +2,600/-2,600 feet). Today we decided to hike over to the area by the Palm Springs Tram, which is closed due to COVID.  We weren’t sure what we would find, but it’s exactly what you might…

Tahquitz Peak

2 July 2020 Humber Park to Tahquitz Peak to Tahquitz Meadow to Junction Meadow (7 miles, +2,800/-1,200 feet). Half Cookie and I had a trip planned for Rae Lakes a few weeks ago but a storm came through that sent winds up to 70MPH and temperatures down to 20 degrees.  Yikes! Needless to say, we…

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…

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,…