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 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…

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,…

Rushing to Thousand Island Lake

12 June 2020 Rush Creek Trailhead to Thousand Island Lake and back (15 miles, +5,000/-5,000 feet). Today was an extremely dramatic day!  That storm that kept us from backpacking at Rae Lakes came through and at times it nearly blew us off the mountain.  When we started our hike near Silver Lake, it was only…

Ancient Bristlecone Pines

11 June 2020 Methuselah Trail (4.5 miles, +900/-900 feet). Half Cookie and I were supposed to go to Rae Lakes today.  But a late storm rolled in and it looks like tomorrow evening it will be 20 degrees with winds gusting to 70 MPH. It will still be there next time! So we decided to…

Corte Madera Mountain

16 May 2020 Corte Madera Mountain Trail (7 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). Another COVID hike!  This time we decided to do a remote location sandwiched between the Pine Creek Wilderness and the Hauser Wilderness.  It was quite warm, but overall a beautiful day to hike. The beginning of this hike is on a forest road through…