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 […]

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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 […]

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Alabama Hills

Distance: 1.7 Miles Elevation Gained: 150′ Difficulty: Easy Time: 0:48 Critters: None Pros: – Weird boulder formations – Not nearly as hot as the desert normally is in August Cons: – None Details: I got back to my car at the Meysan Lake trailhead just in time to feel the first few fat drops of […]

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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 […]

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Blue Sky Ecological Reserve and Lake Poway

Distance: 7.6 Miles Elevation Gained: 1,300′ Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous Time: 2:45 Critters: None Pros: – Sunset in August is a brilliant thing Cons: – Heat in August sucks huevos Details: So, last month, I actually failed to reach 100 miles of hiking for a month for the first time all year. Granted, I hiked 99.7 […]

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