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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Hiking Split Mountain in the Eastern Sierra 14,058 ft

Split Mountain is one of California’s easier 14er, but it’s a long slog. It can be done as a day hike or an overnight trip – read more about backpacking to Red Lake and Split Mountain 14,058 ft.

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Backpacking Minaret Lake Loop & Climb Volcanic Ridge in Mammoth

The Minaret Lake Loop is one of the most popular and picturesque areas near Mammoth Lakes. There are many options to day hike or overnight camp in Ansel Adams Wilderness – learn about climbing the Volcanic Ridge (11,506 ft) as well to get an eye-level view of the Minarets!

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Hike Mammoth Crest to Deer Lakes

HIKE TO: Deer Lakes, Duck Lake, Pika Lake, Barney Lake TRAIL: Mammoth Crest to Duck Pass MILES: 16.44 miles TIME: 7:17 hrs moving time (1 night) DATE I WENT: 7/4/20 – 7/5/20 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 11254 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 3748 ft HIKE PERMIT: yes for overnight backcounty camping, no for day hikes PARKING PERMIT: […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports Hiking Trip Reports

Big Pine South Fork, Hike to Finger Lake

HIKE TO: Finger lake TRAIL: Big Pine South Fork MILES: 10.74 miles out and back TIME: 8:05 hrs (1 night) DATE I WENT: 6/13-14/20 DIFFICULTY: strenuous ELEVATION: 10789 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 3568 ft HIKE PERMIT: yes for overnight camping PARKING PERMIT: no LOCATION: Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest I’ve been wanting to hike here […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Intro to Packrafting

July 15-20, 2019Author: Tiffany Lin | Photographer: Mina Lee + Tiffany’s iPhoneLocation: Lake TahoeBoat Model: Rogue Lite If you know me, you’ll know I’m not much of a water person. I’m actually scared of the big, open water and can’t tolerate being in cold water very well. Two years ago, I went to a beginner’s […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Backpacking Thousand Island Lake Loop, Ansel Adams Wilderness

HIKE TO: THOUSAND ISLAND LAKE, GARNET LAKE, EDIZA LAKE, SHADOW LAKE TRAIL: AGNEW MEADOWS > RIVER TRAIL/ SHADOW CREEK > JMT > HIGH TRAIL/PCT (THOUSAND ISLAND LAKE LOOP) MILES: 23.73 MILES TIME: 3 DAYS/ 2 NIGHTS DATE I WENT: 7/21 – 7/23, 2018 DIFFICULTY: MODERATE BACKPACKING TRIP HIKE PERMIT: YES LOCATION: ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS, MAMMOTH/ […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

My First Solo Backpacking Trip – Henninger Flats

HIKE TO: HENNINGER FLATS, UPPER CAMPGROUND TRAIL: MT WILSON TOLL RD MILES: 6 MILES OUT AND BACK ELEVATION: 2600 FT ELEVATION GAIN: 1300 -1500 FT ish TIME: 1 NIGHT (2 HR TOTAL HIKE TIME) DATE I WENT: 6/29 – 6/30, 2018 DIFFICULTY: MODERATE BACKPACKING TRIP HIKE PERMIT: NO, BUT YOU NEED TO SIGN IN AT […]

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Hike Reports National Parks

Rae Lakes Loop, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park

[October 27 -30, 2017] HIKE TO: RAE LAKESTRAIL: RAE LAKES LOOPMILES: 41.4 MILESTIME: 3.5 DAYSDATE I WENT: 10/27 – 10/30, 2017DIFFICULTY: MODERATE BACKPACKING TRIPHIKE PERMIT: YESLOCATION: KINGS CANYON & SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST Rae Lakes Loops is one of those multi-day trails you dream to hike, but never really do. Last Fall, I got the chance […]

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Gear Guide

Tiff’s Personal Backpacking List

If you read my previous backpacking guide post, here’s my personal gear list I use.  I love my gear and I love gear shopping and researching so I’d highly recommend the products I use… amongst so many others of course 🙂 I’m always open to new product recommendations so if you have anything really awesome […]

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Gear Guide

Beginners Backpacking Guide – Tips & Gear

**Disclaimer:  This is a beginner’s backpacking guide according to MY EXPERIENCE AND OPINION.  I’m no expert – I’ve only been backpacking since summer 2015 but I want to share what I’ve learned for anyone else looking to transition from day hiking to overnight backpacking. This guide is to help you get started with planning and […]

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