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About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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Why Yosemite
I agree with the Ostrander Lake suggestion, but it isn't a uniquely Yosemite experience. It's a nice hike, but you could also do something in the Emigrant Wilderness that would work better...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Easy Yosemite trips for nephews
September 16, 11:05am

Carson Pass?
May be too late for you, but head out of Carson Pass to Winnemucca/Round Top Lake, down to 4th of July Lake, and then continue down Summit City Creek to the Mokelumne River, then up to Squaw Ridge ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Last minute trip...Close-ish to Tahoe suggestions?
September 02, 11:00pm

Green Lake, Hoover Wilderness
Before the earthquake hit our town, we did have a very nice trip up Green Creek this past weekend. This is another nice trailhead on the East side of the Sierra, via the Hoover Wilderness. It'...

In Post-Trip Reports » Green Lake, Hoover Wilderness
August 26, 12:06pm

1000 Island
Some of the nicest shots in that area are from THousand Island Pass...just north of 1000 Island lake. There are quite a few small tarns there that make for great reflections...before you hike down...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Thousand Island, Catherine, Ediza, Minaret loop in September
August 24, 11:20pm

Where can you camp?
Exactly right, Stephan. Our permit gave us access to the whole backcountry, provided we entered the Budd Lake watershed and did not camp in the Cathedral Lakes area. The ranger specifical...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite beyond Budd Lake....
August 07, 2:31pm

Another data point
One of our friends is an engineer, and he often talks about data points….when you get enough points on the chart, you can start seeing a pattern, and then you can come to some conclusions. They ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Impact of the Fly Fisherman....
August 05, 12:30pm

Steel is the answer
Yosemite uses heavy gauge steel signs in the back country. Impossible to vandalize...and way too heavy to carry out. I'd always assumed that they did this to keep people from stealing the sign...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Vandalism of wilderness signs
July 31, 9:18am

Trinity Alps?
Lots of lakes, great fishing. Steep climbs. What else could you ask for?

In Pre-Trip Planning » Could use a recommendation for trip location
July 30, 10:55pm

Leopold Lake, Emigrant Wilderness
Gianelli Trailhead is actually a bit easier than the Crabtree Trailhead, in that the trails are not as steep. But the lakes here are not along the trail---they are off to the side---so it's n...

In Post-Trip Reports » Leopold Lake, Emigrant Wilderness
July 30, 10:46am

El Portal Fire
Here's a photo from Leopold Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness on Saturday afternoon. This scene reminded us so much of the Rim Fire last year. Hope they get this under control soon.... ...

In Post-Trip Reports » El Portal Fire
July 29, 10:34am

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