Sketchy at Best

Granite Park to Pine Creek Pass Trailhead (9 miles, +500/-4,300 feet). We left the storm doors open last night and also had a very light but persistent breeze flowing downhill through the screen doors.  The result was a bone dry tent when we awoke at 5am (yay!). As usual, we packed up and hit the…

Royce Lakes

French Lake to Granite Park (12 miles, +2,500/-2,500 feet). Half Cookie got cold last night so we closed the storm flaps on the tent.  While that did warm things up a few degrees, it also exacerbated condensation and we awoke to a very wet tent!  Not to worry though — out here it is pretty…

French Lake

Pine Creek Pass Trailhead to French Lake (9 miles, +4,300/-500 feet). Well, it’s time once again for my biannual trip with Half Cookie!  The grandparents always come down for our kids’ birthdays, and since that means we have built-in childcare we usually organize a trip before or after (thanks mom and dad!). Half Cookie really…

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…