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”

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”

2021 Outdoor Gift Guide

can’t wait to get out there with some of these items? 2021 has been quite the year; I hiked the John Muir Trail, something I’ve wanted to do for over 10 years and was fortunate enough to make it work with my job, no fires, no forest closures.  I noticed in the past couple yearsContinue reading “2021 Outdoor Gift Guide”

19 Eastern Sierra Lakes that You Have to Visit

Once upon a time in a land far far away, beyond where most Los Angeles dwellers would go, where the leaves rustle with the simplest of winds, where the lakes glisten when the sun hits them perfectly, where the wildflowers bloom after the snow melts, where the only sound you hear are the birds chirping,Continue reading “19 Eastern Sierra Lakes that You Have to Visit”

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”