30 Hikes in 30 Days

I just completed one last hike in June to bring the number of hikes I’ve taken in June to 30. This means I have taken 30 hikes in 30 days, which I did to celebrate Kelly’s accomplishment of taking 31 yoga classes in 31 days.  In some ways, this turned into a quantity over quality…

Halfway

The year is now almost halfway over, which means it is time to review what I have done during the last three months since the last time I posted a “quarter-review.”  I’m a few days early for the mid-point, which is July 1st, but I will be taking a little break from hiking while I…

Mt. San Gorgonio

Distance: 17.2 Miles (over two days)Elevation Gained: 5,500′Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 13:00 (Estimated since this was a backpacking trip)Critters: Larcenous chipmunks Pros:– Highest peak in Southern California– Beautiful high country topography and flora– Incredible views– Sense of accomplishment Cons:– Rampant air pollution in the low-lying basins Details: This way, please Mt. San Gorgonio is a Southern California…

These Are The Trees I Know, I Know. . .

 I was thinking of all of the different trees I’ve seen this year, when the Kids in the Hall Classic, “These Are the Daves I Know” popped into my head. You’ll just have to imagine me walking around town, wearing a tucked-in flannel shirt, and talking about the trees I know (and hardly know).   …

Alta Peak – Sequoia National Park

Distance: 17 MilesElevation Gained: 4,500′Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 7:15Critters: Marmots, Deer Pros:– Easily accessible peak and high country on the west side of the Sierras– Incredible views of the High Sierras and Great Western Divide Cons:– Getting lost and not making it through Giant Forest sucked quite a bit– Finishing the hike lost and having to walk…

Crescent Meadow – Sequoia National Park

Distance: 1 MileElevation Gained: NegligibleDifficulty: EasyTime: Wasn’t keeping track, to be honestCritters: None Pros:– Probably the most beautiful place in the Sierra Nevadas, which makes it one of the most beautiful places anywhere.– Some of the most incredible light I’ve ever seen. Cons:– No such thing when it comes to Crescent Meadow Details: Crescent Meadow…

Tokopah Falls – Sequoia National Park

Distance: 3.4 MilesElevation Gained: 400′Difficulty: EasyTime: 2 hours?Critters: Deer, marmot, rumors of a bear Pros:– Easy hike through a beautiful glacial valley– Enormous cascading waterfall– Towering rock crags Cons:– Close to Lodgepole Campground, which is a noisy madhouse Details: Tokopah Falls is one of the landmark trails in Sequoia National Park. The trailhead is located…

Jennie Lakes Wilderness

Distance: 4.6 MilesElevation Gained: 1,400Difficulty: ModerateTime: No idea   : )Critters: butterflies Pros:– More rolling mountainsides, mixed-conifer forest, and views– Easy access from campsite– Good conditioning hike Cons:– None to speak of, unless you’re comparing it to more remarkable hikes nearby Details: The Jennie Lakes Wilderness sits in a nook between an arm of Kings Canyon…