M Sierra Prime: Off Trail in California's High Country

by Alan Dixon and Don Wilson

An online subscription (Annual or Lifetime) is required to view this article.

Not yet a Premium Member? Subscribe now.

Already a Premium Member? Please login using the form to the right.

Not ready to become a member, but need the article? Buy access to just this article.

Article Summary:

Every time we walk out the door on a backcountry trip, we make choices: Where to go? How many days? How many miles? What gear and food to bring? How challenging will the trip be?

We explore how planning and choices can help you create a very personal trip, one that can be far more rewarding than blindly sticking to the trail and following generic "cook book" directions from a guide book. The greatest rewards come when you choose to get off the beaten path and build a personalized hike that mixes challenge and fun at whatever level works for you.

We address these questions: