Carol and I, along with Steve and KT and Maddy and Ali, hiked the spectacular, high-elevation, 20 Lakes Basin Loop just east of Yosemite National Park. The loop is around five miles long with little elevation gain, passing numerous lakes along the trail. We went clockwise around the loop, then subsequently learned that anti-clockwise is […]
For the Fourth of July weekend, we made an annual pilgrimage to Mammoth Mountain for some world-class mountain biking. For good or bad, there was a boatload of snow on the mountain and the top half only worked with skis or snowboards. This forced us into lower-elevation riding, in Lower Rock Creek (win-win).
How to escape the summer heat: head to the High Sierras. We base-camped near the Hooker Meadow trailhead in the Sequoia National Forest, then wandered to Monache Meadow, Bald Mountain, and rode around the area on dirt bikes. And the best part was the extremely low concentration of humans.
We spent a secluded weekend at Rodeo Flats in the Sequoia National Forest, at the southern tip of the Sierra Nevadas. As a fun side trip, we took the Sherman Pass Road from Kennedy Meadow Road, down to the Kern River. The scenic road is remote, 4×4, fun, and after cresting at 9,200′, drops rather […]
Carol and I were taking a day off from mountain biking and decided to travel up the 4×4 road to Laurel Lakes – two lakes at 10,000′ in the Sierras. The road stair-stepped up the moraine near the bottom, then once the road began to parallel Laurel Creek, it got narrow and rocky. Several of […]