California

High Sierra Trail, Part 1: Overview

The High Sierra Trail (HST), a 72    mile trail in Sequoia National Park (NP), is a classic hike in the Sierra Nevada. It evokes the very ghost of John Muir with its soaring peaks, highly varied terrain, grand vistas and spectacular ending at the top of Mt. Whitney. Cutting through a cross-section of some … Continue reading »

Reaching new highs on Alta Peak

We rounded the corner, and after a stretch of densely forested trail, broke out into Alta Meadow. Though my feet were aching after trekking 5.6 uphill miles with a heavy pack, I practically ran toward the meadow, arms outstretched in my Julie Andrews Sound of Music moment. The vista before me made me gasp, and … Continue reading »

The wonders of Sequoia National Park

Walking along the trail behind the Wuksachi Lodge I stumbled repeatedly because I just couldn’t get enough of the views of the Great Western Divide with its craggy peaks etched against the blue sky, a tiny puff of pure white cloud forming like whipped cream on an upside down pointy sugar cone. I didn’t pass … Continue reading »

Huge storms pound Tahoe in 2011

Two avalanches, a missing car, numerous road closures and a lot of people digging out vehicles—that’s how the weekend is shaping up for residents of Alpine Meadows. A huge storm, one of a long series this La Nina winter, ushered in Spring with a muffled bang—or was that the sound of avalanche control bombs? The … Continue reading »

Stanford Rock Hike

The heavily forested Stanford Rock hike, located in Ward Canyon, is a rigorous 11 mile loop that rewards the hiker with stunning views of Lake Tahoe, Twin Peaks, Alpine Meadows and many other surrounding peaks. Trailhead The trailhead is located on Ward Creek Blvd. The trailhead has an obvious parking area in front of a … Continue reading »

The call of the Pacific Crest Trail

“Those two are thru-hikers,” said Billie, as she was giving us an overview of Drakesbad Guest Ranch at check-in. I listened with half an ear as I gazed at the lean and sinewy young couple scarfing down a big lunch of sandwiches, soup and salad, my mind whirring. After Billie finished our orientation, pointing out … Continue reading »