Surviving the Night

Juniper Flats Trail (2 miles, +300/-300 feet). It was cold yesterday, and then last night around 9pm the wind picked up and blew away all the clouds.  The one time I got out to pee the stars were absolutely spectacular, but it was FREEZING! Back in my tent I had every item of clothing on…

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Juniper Flats Trailhead to Stubbe Springs Loop (12 miles, +1,400/-1,400 feet). ZoZoZoom has never been backpacking before.  She was especially worried about being comfortable sleeping and being attacked by wild animals in the dead of night.  But with her spirit of adventure, she overcame these concerns and hit the road with me for an overnight in…

Welcome to the High Sierra

Wolverton Trailhead to Heather Lake and back (8.6 miles, +2,200/-2,200 feet). I originally thought this was going to be a killer hike for my mom.  With more than 2,000 feet of elevation gain to get to an alpine lake, and a good part of the trail cleaved into a granite cliff, it would be the…

It Goes to Eleven

Sherman Tree Trail to Crescent Meadows and back, (11 miles, +2,300/-2,300 feet). ZoZoZoom got very excited reading about the Trail of the Sequoias on Modern Hiker.  We originally intended to do that hike, but we could not get to the trailhead at Crescent Meadows for it because of parking restrictions.  So we decided to park at…

Through a Wood, Darkly

Lodgepole Campground to Tokopah Falls and back (3.4 miles, +600/-600 feet). Back in August I promised ZoZoZoom I would take her hiking for her birthday.  So this weekend we drove up to Sequoia.  It was cloudy and there were even some rumors of snow in the forecast, but we thought that would be part of…

Waves of Fire

Fire Wave Trail (1.5 miles, +200/-200 feet). Today we hiked one of the most colorful trails I have ever seen.  The trail is in Valley of Fire State Park, a really under appreciated area that I had never heard of until we happened to stop there on a trip a few years ago.  I think most…

The Queen’s Garden

Queens Garden Trail to Wall Street (2.9 miles, +600/-600 feet). Okay, let’s face it.  I tried to kill my own mother yesterday.  She did great, but today we thought we would try something a little more tranquilo. We began the day early at Sunrise Point, which, as it turns out, is aptly named. We then quickly started…

Adventures in Fairyland

Fairyland Loop Trail (8.0 miles, +2,300/-2,300 feet). The last time ZoZoZoom visited Bryce Canyon, she had to care for her sick father while the rest of her family did a hike into the canyon.  She had always dreamed of going back one day so she could do the hike, too. Well that day was today! We…

Parental PCT

PCT mile 43.4 to 45.4 and back (4 miles, +400/-400 feet). My parents have always been super supportive of everything I have ever done.  So when I told them I wanted to thru-hike the PCT, they said they wanted to give it a little try, too.  So we planned a four mile there-and-back trip at…