Slip Sliding Away

Canyon Oak – Desert View Loop (4 miles, +800/-800 feet). I almost decided not to go on this hike today.  My recent trip to the Channel Islands really zapped me, and the forecast called for rain, but Half Cookie persuaded me to keep to our plan of a family hike.  And I am really glad…

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…

Sky Pond

Glacier Gorge Junction to Sky Pond (9.0 miles, +1,800/-1,800 feet). It’s our last day in Rocky Mountain National Park, and boy did we end it with a bang!  DoubleSub was not feeling up to a hike today, so Half Cookie, Pasta Jay, and I left him cozy in our cabin while we hit the trail….

Emerald Lake

Bear Lake to Emerald Lake (4 miles, +700/-700 feet). Yesterday we moved from Grand Lake on the west side of Rocky National Park to Estes Park on the east.  There are definitely a lot more people on this side, which makes sense since we are so close to Denver.  We tried to get out very…

Rocky Mountain High

Powder Lake to Huffers Hill and back (8.8 miles, +1,200/-1,200 feet). Today was one of my favorite day hikes of all time and the family loved it too! The Ute Trail is a nice flat trail surrounded by vast mountain snow fields that gently crosses alpine tundra.  I can really see why people fall in…

Good Bye, Supai

Supai to Hualapai Hilltop (8 miles, +2,000/-0 feet). We beat the heat this morning with a 4am start.  It was fun hiking with headlamps for a bit, and several other hikers were out doing the same thing. By 8am we made it back to Hualapai Hilltop. The kids brought Half Cookie a much needed soda…

Mooney Falls

Supai to Beaver Falls and back (10 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet). Today we hiked back down to Havasupai Falls and continued our journey deeper into the canyon. Just above Mooney Falls it’s not possible to continue next to the river, so the trail passes through some tunnels and down some ladders.  They actually had a security person…

Havasupai Falls

Hualapai Hilltop to Supai via Havasu Falls (12 miles, +400/-2,400 feet). Half Cookie has always wanted to do this trip to the Grand Canyon.  It is in the National Park, but it is to the west of the main corridor and it is controlled by the Native Americans who live here.  Supai village is an 8 mile…

First Night

Thing Valley Road (Mile 40) to Laguna Campground (Mile 47.5) and back (16 miles, +2,000/-2,000 feet). This was a simple there and back on the PCT with my son Pasta Jay from our parked car to an established campground, but it is notable because it is the first time either one of us ever backpacked…

Not Enough Water

Hellhole Canyon to Maidenhair Falls and back (5.0 miles, +900/-900 feet). This was a quick out and back hike in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  We saw quite a few other people there, though we were surprised on the way out (as always) to see people starting quite late in the day when it was already hot….