Kern River Trail: Kern County

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” – Norman Maclean *Originally hiked: March 25-26, 2022 Location Mileage Elevation Gain Type Kern County 8.91 miles  741 feet Out-and-Back   Permits, Directions & Weather Permits: Permits are not required on this trail for overnight use.  I would recommend making sure you tellContinue reading “Kern River Trail: Kern County”

Misery Ridge Trail Loop: Smith Rock State Park

misery on the trail can bring happiness especially outside, remember why you’re out there. *Originally hiked: February 13, 2022 Webcams Maps, Books and Gear Recommendations Garmin inReach Mini2 – even though this park has service, it is still good to have a satellite communicator in case of emergency. Climber’s Map of Smith Rock State ParkContinue reading “Misery Ridge Trail Loop: Smith Rock State Park”

San Gorgonio via South Fork Trail – San Bernardino National Forest

The miles you spend outside, only matter if you take it in and enjoy it *Originally hiked: May 8-9, 2021 Well we needed another hard backpacking trip under our belts for training for the John Muir Trail and what better than to do San Gorgonio the tallest peak in Southern California. I believe the weekendContinue reading “San Gorgonio via South Fork Trail – San Bernardino National Forest”

Mt. Baldy Loop via Bear Canyon Trail

another great training hike, via a non-common route *Originally hiked: May 1, 2021 Followed by a great overnight training on Mt. San Jacinto, we decided to do the next tall peak as an overnighter too.  Plans changed and we only did 1 day, but we packed like we were going overnight that helped with trainingContinue reading “Mt. Baldy Loop via Bear Canyon Trail”

Mt. San Jacinto via Deer Springs Trail

snow covered mountain, but needed a training hike *Originally hiked: April 17-18, 2021 In March earlier this year, we got permits to hike the John Muir Trail in June.  It was time to train and the only way to do so, was to hit as many hard hikes locally as we can over the weekends. Continue reading “Mt. San Jacinto via Deer Springs Trail”

Twin Lakes: Sequoia National Park

A calm before the storm in Sequoia *Originally hiked: Oct 24–25, 2020 This one was a good one about 2 years ago, right before a snow storm hit the area, we got one last backpacking trip in to a lake that is named after us. Ok it’s not named after us, but I do haveContinue reading “Twin Lakes: Sequoia National Park”

Convict Lake Backcountry – John Muir Wilderness

I have a confession to make.  I don’t usually like to do the same trail twice because there is just so much more trails out there to see.  But, this year I have returned a few times to the same trails, Convict Lake Backcountry being one. Convict Lake is a beautiful alpine lake just southContinue reading “Convict Lake Backcountry – John Muir Wilderness”

John Muir Trail: Day 3 & 4

A lighter climb day vs. completing the hardest pass day Day Miles Point A to Point B Elevation Gain Elevation Loss June 8  10.54 miles Just below Guitar Lake to Tyndall Creek 1,706 feet 1,909 feet June 9  13.37 miles Tyndall Creek to Vidette Meadow 2,283 feet 3,547 feet Read more of my blabberings onContinue reading “John Muir Trail: Day 3 & 4”

John Muir Trail: Day 1&2

Finding our rhythm on the first couple days of the trail Day Miles Point A to Point B Elevation Gain Elevation Loss June 6 7.33 miles Whitney Portal to view of Consultation Lake 3,323 feet 67 feet June 7 11.27 miles Consultation Lake to the summit of Mt. Whitney to just below Guitar Lake 2,815Continue reading “John Muir Trail: Day 1&2”

Big Pine Creek North Fork to Third Lake: John Muir Wilderness

Unfortunately this seems to be a very popular trail.  Please make sure that you practice Leave No Trace; we found a lot of trash here and there.  We found a couple campfires; it specifically says no campfires on this trail when you pick up your permits. *Originally hiked on June 9, 2019 & June 2,Continue reading “Big Pine Creek North Fork to Third Lake: John Muir Wilderness”