Backpacking the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne in Yosemite
BACKPACKING THE GRAND CANYON OF THE TUOLUMNE IN YOSEMITE

Backpacking the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne in Yosemite

  • September 18, 2022
  • by Inga

Backpacking the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne route in Yosemite National Park turned out to be harder to accomplish than I expected because of repeated fires interrupting my plans. In the four years that it took to hike the 30-mile trail, I might have held ten permits, repeatedly changing them in the hopes that smoke …

Sonora and Groveland: Gateway to Yosemite

  • November 26, 2021
  • by Inga

If you’re looking for a place to stay outside Yosemite National Park or a way to extend your stay, one of the best places to look is Tuolumne County. Not only does Tuolumne County include most of the park, but it also contains a sizeable chunk of the adjacent Stanislaus National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness. …

Easy Backpacking Trip to Angel Island

  • September 25, 2021
  • by Inga

So many wilderness permits, so many cancellations. The last two years have been tough for planning between the pandemic, wildfires, smoke and other issues. I salvaged one backpacking trip that was supposed to be in the Sierra by snagging a back-up to the back-up permit for an easy backpacking trip to Angel Island State Park …

Southern Yosemite Loops near Glacier Point

  • February 15, 2021
  • by Inga

Glacier Point is graced with some of the most stunning views in Yosemite National Park, with a panorama of peaks, valleys and waterfalls, including the iconic Half Dome rock formation front and center. There could hardly be a more spectacular start to a multi-day hike. Add to that a plethora of trailheads and potential routes …

How to get a Permit to Hike the John Muir Trail

  • February 19, 2020
  • by Inga

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a classic trail that covers 211 miles of scenic beauty in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. The trail starts at Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park (YNP) and ends on the summit of Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States at 14,500 feet. However, …

Resupply on the John Muir Trail

  • April 07, 2019
  • by Inga

Resupply options are fairly straightforward in the northern section of the John Muir Trail (JMT) but it gets a little more complicated in the rugged, southern section where no backcountry ranches exist. For those with a strict timetable, it may be undesirable to have to spend a couple of days exiting the trail to get …

Cross-country backpacking loop to Nelson Lake in Yosemite National Park

  • December 04, 2018
  • by Inga

Nelson Lake is a pretty lake in a unique location in Yosemite National Park as there are no maintained trails to the lake. It does require a permit, one of three cross-country locations within the park that require a permit (the other two are Budd Creek and Rockslides). Because a hike to Nelson Lake requires …

Backpacking Juniper Lake Loop, Lassen Volcanic National Park

  • November 19, 2018
  • by Inga

The eastern part of Lassen Volcanic National Park is dotted with lakes, making it easy to find routes of varying lengths that allow for swimming and water views from campsites. This 23-mile, 3-day/4-night loop from Juniper Lake has varied terrain, endless lakes and a network of trails to choose from. With fires raging across the …

Backpacker’s Guide to Tracking California Wildfires

  • November 08, 2018
  • by Inga

Fires one year; huge amounts of snow the next.  You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw our way. I’ve never spent as much time immersed in fire data trying to figure out where smoke-free backpacking routes might be as I have the past few years. If the predictions of experts hold true, …

Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore

  • August 01, 2018
  • by Inga

I had the opportunity to go backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore twice this year. Since I only live about an hour away, it’s surprising that I’ve never hiked the trails there. I have wonderful memories of walking along Limantour Beach and having big bonfires in high school but haven’t been out to the coast …

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