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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 Big Pine Lakes to all Seven Lakes and Climb Cloudripper

Cloudripper is the 58th tallest peak in California and the tallest in the Inconsolable Range of the Eastern Sierra Mountains. It can be easiest accessed from Big Pine Lakes through a class two scramble at the end of seventh lake. Read on to hike through the glacial lakes and end up at a 13er!

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Matterhorn Peak: First Time Winter Mountaineering and Snow Camping

HIKE TO: Matterhorn Peak TRAILHEAD: Twin Lakes MILES: 12.6 miles TIME: 3d/2n DATE I WENT: Feb 26-28, 2021 DIFFICULTY: that depends if you’re scared of heights like me I guess ELEVATION: 12,285 ft ELEVATION GAIN: 5798 ft PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Hoover Wilderness, Eastern Sierra *photos in collab with Chris Brinlee Jr* NOTE: I lost my […]

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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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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

Fall 2019 in the Eastern Sierra Mountains

Here’s a collection of spots I have visited up and down the 395 hwy in the last month. The Fall foliage is in the Eastern Sierra mountains is still around but disappearing quickly so check it out soon before the colors are all gone! McGee Creek – Mammoth Lakes, CA Date visited: Oct 18-19, 2019Fall […]

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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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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Backpacking Big Pine Creek North Fork to Third Lake

HIKE TO: Big Pine Lakes to Third Lake & then some TRAIL: Big Pine Creek North Fork MILES: 14.54 miles out and back (5.5 miles to Second Lake) TIME: 3:41 hrs up, 3:29 (2 hrs up at a faster pace) DATE I WENT: 6/7/16 – 6/8/16 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 2471 ft HIKE PERMIT: […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Mt. Whitney Hike Video

Video of our backpacking trip to Mount Whitney in August 2015!  It’s a little rocky because it was our first time shooting with the GoPro, but thanks Duy!  It includes footage from the Mobius Arch in Alabama Hills, as well as our journey on the Mount Whitney Trail, Lone Pine Lake, Trail Crest, Pinnacles, and of course […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

I Conquered Mount Whitney [14,505 ft]

Two weeks ago [8.25.15] at 9 am, I summited Mt Whitney… and it was amazing!!  How many people can say that?  Well I’ve been told only 30% of hikers who attempt it will succeed in summiting.  I’ve never even thought about doing this until early this year.  I knew someone that went last year, and someone else […]

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