Gorgoni-again

Mineshaft Flat to San Gorgonio Peak to South Fork Trailhead (15 miles, +2,100/-5,000 feet). Half Cookie and I originally planned to be out for two nights, but it was COLD last night, and the nights are long this side of the equinox.  We decided to head for the summit and then back down to South…

Mineshaft Flat

South Fork Trailhead to Mineshaft Flat (10 miles, +3400/-800 feet). Half Cookie and I wanted to do a little trip this Fall since our trip to the Sierra got canceled (twice!) this Summer. So we decided to check out San Gorgonio Mountain. Our original plan was to do a big loop around the Lost Creek…

Quartz Vein Wash and Sunset Wash

Quartz Vein Wash to Sunset Wash to San Felipe Creek (6 miles, +1,100/-1,100 feet). It’s spring break!  Half Cookie and I wanted to go check out the Superbloom in Anza-Borrego, so I looked at the Anza Borego Desert Natural History Association’s updated map of the best places to see wildflowers. They said flowers were great…

Kwaaymii Point Stroll

Kwaaymi Point to PCT Halfmile 55.8 and back (5 miles, +1,000/-1.000 feet). Half Cookie and I heard they had snow up at Mount Laguna on Christmas Day, and I really wanted to try out my new MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes.  So we decided to drive up for a day hike. But when we got there…

Thunderbolt and Knapsack Pass

Dusy Basin to Thunderbolt Pass to Knapsack Pass to Bishop Pass Trailhead (15 miles, +3,300/-4,800 feet). We awoke this morning to a phenomenon I have never experienced.  One half of our tent had severe condensation and one half did not!  As it turns out, we had a heavy dew overnight, and the half of the…

Dusy Basin

Bishop Lakes Trailhead to Dusy Basin via Chocolate Lakes (13 miles, +3,600 feet, -2,000 feet). The weather yesterday looked just like the day before, so we decided to take a zero day in Bishop and wait for some sunshine.  It was an eerie day because the valley filled up with smoke from the Ferguson and Lions…

Tyee-George Saddle

Tyee Lakes Trailhead to Sabrina Campground (11 miles, +2,700/-2,700 feet). Today was a great… learning experience! Half Cookie and I set out on our semi-annual hiking trip with an eye towards completing the classic North Lake-South Lake loop (with the cross country variation over Lamarck Col and down into Darwin Canyon) in the John Muir…

Crow Pass

Crow Pass Trail to the pass and back (7 miles, +2,300/-2,300 feet) We’ve had an amazing time in Alaska, and this was probably my favorite of all our great hikes. Unlike the Harding Icefield Trail which started below treeline, this one started above, which greatly reduced our anxiety about running into a grizzly.  This was…

Portage Pass

Portage Pass Trail (5 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet) On our way from Seward to Anchorage we passed a turnoff for Whittier that would take us through the world’s longest tunnel shared by trains and automobiles.  It is one lane with railroad tracks down the middle, so each side gets a turn once an hour, alternating every…

Harding Icefield Trail

Harding Icefield Trail to Top of the Cliffs (5 miles, +2,500/-2,500 feet). I have been looking forward to this hike for a very long time.  When we started planning our trip to Alaska, this was the first trail to make the “must do” list.  And today didn’t disappoint. We started out very early at the…

Eielson Alpine

Eielson Alpine Trail (2 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). We got so, so lucky today!  To get near Denali you have to take a 4 hour bus ride (and 4 more hours back out!), and I scheduled that ride months ago, not knowing what the weather might be.  About 70% of the people who take the bus…

Savage Alpine

Savage Alpine Trail to Savage River (4 miles, +1,400/-1,600 feet). Today we had a full day for hiking so we decided to try something bit more challenging.  The farthest you can drive on your own into Denali National Park is Savage River, and there is a trail that starts a couple of miles away, climbs…