A Change of Heart

Moose Lake to Wolverton Trailhead via Emerald Lake (12 miles, +1,000/-4,200 feet). Yesterday I had a bit of a meltdown. When I got back to camp I was so tired of walking in the slushy suncups and so anxious about doing icy traverses that I suggested to MixMaster that we just leave Moose Lake the…

The Tablelands

Moose Lake to Kings-Kaweah Divide near Big Bird Peak and back (8 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). Today was exhausting. I mean really, really exhausting. But crazy beautiful. I guess the best things in life are not free. We had originally planned to pack up and head over Pterodactyl Pass to Lonely Lake, but the ranger at…

Moose Lake

Wolverton Trailhead to Moose Lake (10 miles, +3,900/-500 feet). Ever since I hiked the Watchtower Trail to Heather Lake with ZoZoZoom I have wanted to do a cross-country trip in the Tablelands.  They looked so beautiful from a distance, with their gentle granite slopes above the tree line. And what better time to go?  I…

Kearsarge Pass

Bullfrog Lake to Onion Valley (7 miles, +1,000/-2,700 feet). So, last night was my worst night ever in a tent. All night long I was tortured by the fear that Kearsarge Pass was wrapped in a wall of ice just like Forester. The words of the thru-hiker I met before my trip rang in my ears:…

Forester Pass

Tyndall Creek (PCT mile 774.7) to Bullfrog Lake (14 miles, +3,000/-3,700 feet). Today was a life-changing day for me. Don’t get me wrong.  I am not claiming that anyone else would have my experience.  In fact, in talking to others today who did Forester Pass, I’m pretty sure my experience is unusual. But I am…

Racing Past Whitney

Rock Creek (PCT mile 760) to Tyndall Creek (mile 774.7) (14.7 miles, +3,600/-2,400 feet). I slept pretty well last night, though it’s always a little annoying to deal with cold and wet shoes, socks, clothes, tents, and sleeping bags.  I was also starting to worry about Forester and felt the need to cover lots of…

High Snow in the High Sierra

Horseshoe Meadows to Rock Creek (PCT mile 760) (14 miles, +1900/-2200 feet). It’s a record snowfall year in the Sierra and I have been dying to get out there and see it for myself.  None of my hiking buddies were free this week, so I decided to set out on my own to tackle the…

Frosty Delights

Ridge above Wet Meadow to Shake Camp (12 miles, +1,000/-4,300 feet). It stayed crystal clear last night, and my tent walls were also covered in crystals inside and out from frost and the freezing of my own breath.  The thermometer inside the tent said 30 degrees, but outside it felt closer to 20. Once again,…

A Dark and Stormy Night

Ridge above Wet Meadow to Bullion Flat and back (15 miles, +3,300/-3,300 feet). Last night was the craziest weather I have ever experienced in a tent.  The storm started out with wind and drizzle but it soon stepped up its game, adding lightning and thunder to the mix.  MixMaster and I yelled out to each other,…

1,000 Miles!

Shake Camp to Ridge above Wet Meadow (14 miles, +4,600/-1,300 feet). I needed one more trip to make it to 1,000 miles of hiking since I started this blog (woo hoo!).  I also wanted one last view of the Sierra before winter set in.  So I thought about doing the Mineral King Loop in southern Sequoia National…

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…