Crushing My Knees, Again

Reds Meadow to Agnew Meadows (15 miles, +2,500/-2,000 feet). Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!  I am so, so frustrated.  Today was supposed to be day two of my 80 mile hike to Yosemite Valley.  Instead it is the end of my trip.  My left knee now feels like my right knee did at the end of my trip last…

A Beautiful Blue Duck

Duck Pass Trail to Reds Meadow (20 miles, +2,000/-3,500 feet). This was originally supposed to be my first day on a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail with a couple of friends.   However, I hurt my ankle a couple of weeks ago, MixMaster hurt his back, and BarnFinder broke his toe.  Maybe the Universe is…

Island Pass Perfection

Marie Lakes to Agnew Meadows (14 miles, +1,200/-3,700 feet). After our terrible, terrible experience on Rush Creek yesterday we all agreed that we should not do a there-and-back hike back to Bloody Canyon.  So today we hiked to Agnew Meadows where we could get the bus down to Mammoth.  It was another great day on…

Marie Lakes

Parker Creek to Marie Lakes (16.5 miles, +3,500/-3,500 feet). Today was two truly spectacular hikes that sandwiched a relatively miserable one.  I guess it’s not a coincidence that my emotional energy mirrored the topographical profile of today’s trip…. We awoke energized and ready to tackle the switchbacks headed up Parker Peak. The climb wasn’t bad at all….

Bloody Canyon

Bloody Canyon to Parker Creek (10.5 miles, +3,000/-300 feet). This was an accidental trip. I originally thought about organizing a different hike but I discovered that on the Inyo Wilderness Permit site you can enter a date and group size and it shows you all available trailheads.  I had never heard of many of the ones I saw, so…