Mt. Whitney

Panorama looking south from Whitney summit Panorama looking north from Whitney summit Distance: 15.7 MilesElevation Gained: 3,000′Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 11:00Critters: Marmots, Chipmunks Pros:– The most epic mountain views I’ve ever seen– Night hiking under an impressive canopy of stars– Sunrise at 13,600 feet Cons:– Aside from a headache at the top, none– Having to experience the…

Mt. Whitney Trail to Trail Camp and Consultation Lake

Distance: 7.3 MilesElevation Gained: 3,900′Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 6 Hours, approximatelyCritters: Marmots, chipmunks Pros:– Some of the most epic scenery ever– Alpine Lakes– Towering granite crags– Adventures at Trail Camp Cons:– Thunder, lightning, and hail– Wet camping gear Details: Adventure. Excitement. A hiker craves not these things. Or perhaps he does since, even though events may suck…

Meysan Lakes Trail

Distance: 7 MilesElevation Gained: 2,400Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 3:45Critters: Marmots, chipmunksNew trees: Singleleaf Pinyon Pine, Black Cottonwood, Mountain Alder, Mountain Mahogany Pros:– Great warm-up for Whitney– I love the Sierra Nevada Mountains Cons:– Forgot the sunscreen– Looming thunderstorms Details: So, this Whitney thing kind of fell into my lap. I met a guy named Kyle on…