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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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suggested hikes
Grotto Canyon Mosaic Canyon Natural Bridge Marble Canyon Most of those are 1/2 day hikes. You can see photos on our website under the destinations section:

In Pre-Trip Planning » Death Valley Suggestions for First Week of April
March 29, 8:03pm

Jennie Lakes would work
Drive to the Marvin Pass Trailhead, hike in to Jennie Lake, or a longer trip to Ranger Lake. Loop back over Silliman Pass. Beautiful country. You can find a trip report on it on our web site ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip Ideas in Sierra - Aug.
March 24, 10:22am

Henry Coeq
If you're in Fremont you are really close to Coe. That's where I would go. Pinnacles are lovely, but are day-hiking only, I believe. Coe has tons of trails, and despite the much lowe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Weekend Trip ideas needed (3/28 - 3/29) near San Francisco
March 22, 6:38pm

Great trip!
Thanks for posting this, Amy

In Post-Trip Reports » A Diablo Loop Hike: 58 parks in 11 Days
March 20, 2:57pm

the full report
If you've been reading the news, you know that the snowpack in some parts of the Sierra is 5% of normal. That's a disaster. It's so dry that we're seriously considering taking...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
March 18, 9:49am

I just called a bunch of wilderness rangers in various USFS offices around the Sierra. It's really bad. Yosemite is reporting no snow below about 8500 feet...the overall snowpack is at 5% of ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
March 18, 9:13am

There will be water up high...just not as much as usual. IT's a very strange year. Snow level right now in Yosemite is 8500 feet. That's normal,...for about June.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Record Low Snow Year - Water in the Sierras?
March 17, 8:03pm

22 miles a day?
Since nobody else has raised this issue, I will. 22 miles a day is a lot of miles for the HST. Are you counting the first day as a 22 mile day? Because going up Copper Creek and continuing on fo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » SEKI cross country questions
March 16, 7:34pm

"I have not had my permit checked even once in the last 3 years in the Sierra. most trips I never even see a ranger out there. just sayin' ..." I agree. But then, I don't hi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Permit legality when resupplying
March 14, 8:11am

Your permit from Yosemite allows you to hike into Emigrant, just as your permit in Emigrant allows you to hike into Yosemite. WE often get a permit through the Hoover Wilderness, on the east side,...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Permit legality when resupplying
March 13, 6:33pm

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