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…

A Summit Whirlwind

Ruby Lake to Mosquito Flats via Summit Lake (6 miles, +1,100/-2,000 feet). Today was Day 2 of my Father’s Day trip to the John Muir Wilderness, and I can say without a doubt that it was my favorite day of hiking ever! It started around 5am as we awoke to alpenglow on Ruby Lake. We…

A Ruby for Father’s Day

Mosquito Flats to Ruby Lake via Mills Lake (5 miles, +1,700/-1,000 feet). This morning we set out on a trip that was gifted to me by my sons—a Father’s Day camping trip to Ruby Lake and Mono Pass in the John Muir Wilderness. For a couple of weeks I have been watching the snow melt and…

New Army Pass

Lower Soldier Lake to Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead (11.5 miles, +1,600/-2,300 feet). This morning we woke up around 6:30am.  It was cold! We eventually got our act together, ate breakfast, packed, and hit the trail. It was slow going up the trail to New Army Pass.  Less than 24 hours before we had been living our…