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Pacific Crest Trail from Lost Lakes to The Nipple (Section J)

In multiple ways this was a short-and-sweet hike.  The total out-and-back distance was less than 4 miles and, even though almost half of the hike was kind of a throw-away (more about that later), the views were quite spectacular. The … Continue reading

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Mokelumne Wilderness Loop (Pacific Crest Trail from Winnemucca Lake Trail to Lost Lakes)

This was a truly beautiful hike, and in a way it did double duty.  First, it was a 15-mile group hike, a loop mostly in the Mokelumne Wilderness area of El Dorado National Forest near Carson Pass.  Second, about 1/3 … Continue reading

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Pacific Crest Trail just north of Sonora Pass

Almost exactly two years ago to the day, I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) north from Sonora Pass with two friends as part of a loop hike.  As it turned out, we left the Sonora Pass trailhead parking area … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on California’s Wildfires

Sometimes it takes a series of related events to really get someone’s attention.  In this case the related events are California wildfires and the “someone” is me.  There is plenty of objective evidence indicating that 2018 has been, and continues … Continue reading

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West Walker River Trail to Hoover Wilderness

The West Walker River Trail is, I think, a relatively unknown trail along CA-108 between US-395 and Sonora Pass, passing southward for some 17 miles from the Leavitt Meadows Trailhead in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and into the Hoover Wilderness.  … Continue reading

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Two-day backpack between Silver Lake and Long Lake

My first, and perhaps only, backpack trip for 2018 was a two-day out-and-back trek from Silver Lake to Long Lake near Carson Pass.  I’m a relatively inexperienced backpacker – this was only my third lifetime backpack trip – and I … Continue reading

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Pacific Crest Trail from Carson Pass to the Winnemucca Lake Trail junction

The main purpose of this relatively short hike was – besides enjoying spectacular scenery near Carson Pass – to fill in part of a gap in my hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  Before I did this hike the … Continue reading

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