Category Archives: Alpine County

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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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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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 from (near) Sonora Pass to Boulder Lake Trail

For the fourth and final day of a car camping and hiking trip I hiked again with friends on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), this time north from Sonora Pass to the Boulder Lake Trail junction where we’d joined the … Continue reading

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