Filling the Gap

Garnet Lake to Agnew Meadows (8 miles, +1,100/-2,500 feet). Our last day on trail was super easy and surprisingly pretty.  The main virtue of today’s route for me (other than the burger and beer at its end!) was to see part of the John Muir Trail I had to abandon on an earlier trip where…

Clinch Pass

Lower Twin Island Lake to Garnet Lake (11 miles, +3,200/-3,100 feet). Today was one of those happy accidents.  I have frequently found that Plan Bs end up being better than Plan As, maybe not because they are objectively better, but because they often involve surprise. I had no idea how spectacular the upper basin of…

Whitebark, Garnet, and North Glacier Pass

Forest camp above Ediza Lake to Lower Twin Island Lake (9 miles, +3,300/-3,000 feet). Today was extremely gorgeous!  We basically spent the whole time circumnavigating the highly photogenic Ritter and Banner Peaks and the lakes below them.  I will definitely need to come back to this part of the High Route. To make things even…

Nancy Pass

Devil’s Postpile to forest camp above Ediza Lake (13 miles, +4,700/-2,900 feet). Time for my annual hike with UltraShuffle!  Only this time we added two to our party, MixMaster and UltraShuffle’s son Rainbow T.  We drove up to Mammoth yesterday to acclimatize and then headed off on a section of the Sierra High Route.  Our…

Deer Pass

Duck Lake to Lake George Trailhead (8 miles, +2,000/-3,300 feet). Last night I discovered a new use for my hiking umbrella.  The moon was so bright right there on the lake that I actually opened up the umbrella inside my tent to create a moon shade.  It worked perfectly!  I will definitely do that again….

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…