Dicks Pass

Susie Lake to Upper Velma Lake (10 miles, +2,000/-1,900 feet) Man oh man the moon was bright last night.  I didn’t bring my umbrella on this trip because I didn’t expect rain or long hot fast climbs, but I sure wish I had brought it for its moon shade. Since we didn’t have to drive…

Lake Aloha

Echo Lakes Trailhead to Susie Lake (10 miles, +1,700/-1,400 feet) It’s time for another birthday trip with ZoZoZoom!  At 25 miles over three days and two nights, it will be her longest backpacking trip ever.  Not bad for a septuagenerian! But it is also personally exciting for me, too.  I’ve always wanted to see the…

Surviving the Night

Juniper Flats Trail (2 miles, +300/-300 feet). It was cold yesterday, and then last night around 9pm the wind picked up and blew away all the clouds.  The one time I got out to pee the stars were absolutely spectacular, but it was FREEZING! Back in my tent I had every item of clothing on…

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Juniper Flats Trailhead to Stubbe Springs Loop (12 miles, +1,400/-1,400 feet). ZoZoZoom has never been backpacking before.  She was especially worried about being comfortable sleeping and being attacked by wild animals in the dead of night.  But with her spirit of adventure, she overcame these concerns and hit the road with me for an overnight in…

Welcome to the High Sierra

Wolverton Trailhead to Heather Lake and back (8.6 miles, +2,200/-2,200 feet). I originally thought this was going to be a killer hike for my mom.  With more than 2,000 feet of elevation gain to get to an alpine lake, and a good part of the trail cleaved into a granite cliff, it would be the…

It Goes to Eleven

Sherman Tree Trail to Crescent Meadows and back, (11 miles, +2,300/-2,300 feet). ZoZoZoom got very excited reading about the Trail of the Sequoias on Modern Hiker.  We originally intended to do that hike, but we could not get to the trailhead at Crescent Meadows for it because of parking restrictions.  So we decided to park at…

Through a Wood, Darkly

Lodgepole Campground to Tokopah Falls and back (3.4 miles, +600/-600 feet). Back in August I promised ZoZoZoom I would take her hiking for her birthday.  So this weekend we drove up to Sequoia.  It was cloudy and there were even some rumors of snow in the forecast, but we thought that would be part of…

Waves of Fire

Fire Wave Trail (1.5 miles, +200/-200 feet). Today we hiked one of the most colorful trails I have ever seen.  The trail is in Valley of Fire State Park, a really under appreciated area that I had never heard of until we happened to stop there on a trip a few years ago.  I think most…

The Queen’s Garden

Queens Garden Trail to Wall Street (2.9 miles, +600/-600 feet). Okay, let’s face it.  I tried to kill my own mother yesterday.  She did great, but today we thought we would try something a little more tranquilo. We began the day early at Sunrise Point, which, as it turns out, is aptly named. We then quickly started…