Author Archives: trailhiker

PCT: Carson Pass to Showers Lake

This was the third time I have hiked in the area between Carson Pass and Showers Lake.  It’s a beautiful area, though, and I was eager to return – each visit is unique and special.  My first hike in the … Continue reading

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Pacific Crest Trail – Tahoe NF Rd 86 to NF Rd 07

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in northern Nevada and southern Sierra Counties features wonderful views of the northern Sierras, with a mixture of mountain and lake views, beautiful forest, and open hillsides.  This point-to-point group hike covered 11.6 miles of … Continue reading

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Backpacking maiden voyage: Loch Leven Lakes

After two or three years of thinking about it, followed by acquisition of a few key equipment items, I embarked on my maiden voyage backpacking.  Part of my plan was that the initial trip would be just one night with … Continue reading

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Lacey Valley Trail: southern section

This is the second of two posts (see here for the first post) about a hike on the recently-opened Lacey Valley Trail.  The area around the trail is owned and managed by the Truckee Donner Land Trust.   The trail, located … Continue reading

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Lacey Valley Trail: northern section

The Lacey Valley Trail has recently opened to the public.  It is located off Forest Road 07, about 8 miles west of the Little Truckee Summit on CA-89, in the Tahoe National Forest in Sierra County.  The trail and surrounding … Continue reading

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves wildflower exploration – part 2

This post is a continuation of my previous post about a recent visit to the Modini Mayacamas Preserves in Sonoma County, for the purpose of exploring for wildflowers.  It was a docent-led visit, and we saw so many wildflowers that … Continue reading

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves wildflower exploration – part 1

Recently I learned of the existence of an open space preserve in Sonoma County that is open to the public via docent-led hikes and wildflower walks, and I signed up for a wildflower walk.  The preserve is called the Modini … Continue reading

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