Yosemite, Day 3: Cloud’s Rest

Distance: 14.2Elevation Gained: 2,500Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 6:50Critters: Deer, GrousesNew Trees: Mountain Hemlock, White Pine Details: After months of hiking, planning, charting, and documenting, it all came down to one last hike. I had tried to work everything out so that my last hike in this process would be a memorable one to make a fitting end…

Yosemite, Day 2: Sentinel Meadow

Distance: 1 MileElevation Gained: negligibleDifficulty: EasyTime: 1 hourCritters: 3 bucks Details: We had finished Panorama Trail, but, by my calculations, I needed at least 15 miles to reach my goal of 1,000 miles on the year. I was debating whether I would traverse Cloud’s Rest and come down the same gory downhill stretch of the…

Yosemite, Day 2: Panorama Trail

Distance: 8.5 MilesElevation Gained: 800′Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4:45Critters: None Details: The Panorama Trail is one of the more popular and famous trails in Yosemite. It doesn’t rank quite up there with Half Dome or Yosemite Falls, but it still encompasses one of the most popular areas of the Valley, from Glacier Point two the canyon…

Palomar Mountain, Summer Edition

A panoramic view of Jeffrey pines and Lower Doane Valley Distance: 5.6 MilesElevation Gained: 800’Difficulty: ModerateTime: 2:04Critters: A garter snake, hawks, squirrels, two deer Pros:– A unique mountain environment– Perfect weather for hiking– Kelly was there– Arguably the best hike in the San Diego area Cons:– Don’t be sillyDetails: Shadows lengthen across the south end…