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Larry Langley’s Happy Camping: Kings River Year-Round

One of our favorite places to camp is on the Kings River, east of Pine Flat Lake. Near where Sue and I like to camp is USFS Kirch Flat Campground off of Trimmer Springs Road, but we prefer to disperse camp along the Kings River. First spot is right after you cross the first bridge, turn right on the dirt ...

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Hiking up to Jackass and Burro Lakes

We headed cross country up to beautiful little lake, still partially covered with snow and ice, named Burro Lake. Along the way, our route took us by a creek with wildflowers of every color and incredible reflections in high lakes bordered by granite mountains. Where: Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness Distance: 9.57 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: ...

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Larry Langley’s Happy Camping: Jones Store And Gravity Gas

North Fork’s own Larry Langley takes us to a local landmark: Have you ever been to Jones Store? No? You’re missing out. It’s a great scenic 14-mile drive up into the mountains on the twisty but paved Beasore Road. Where’s Beasore Road? Above Bass Lake, just past the turnoff to The Pines Resort. This is a real old-time country store ...

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Escape with Sally to Lundy Canyon

Dramatic high peaks, streaked with colors of red, white and brown and still capped with snow frame Lundy Canyon. Mill Creek was high and really moving, lined with aspens that lulled me to sleep as the wind moved through them. It was a perfect place for Sally and I to kick back and relax . . and maybe catch a ...

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Larry Langley’s Happy Camping: Oil And Blooms

North Fork’s own Larry Langley lets us in on his trip with wife Sue to catch a bit of history along and an abundance of wildflowers in April: a good reminder that these dog days of summer are the ideal time to plan an outing for a cool adventure down the line. Here are Larry’s recommendations this week. With all ...

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Snowshoeing up to Gaylor, Granite Lakes and Dana City in July!

Snowshoeing in the Tioga Pass area in July? Yes indeed! How else could we travel across the solid snowfields full of suncups to some beautiful lakes and the old mining town of Dana City? Where: Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest Distance: 5.3 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 9,945′ – 11,025′ Date: July 5, 2017 Map: Falls Ridge Quad Dog Hike? ...

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Larry Langley’s Happy Camping: Soda Springs

Hello, let me introduce myself: Larry Langley, living in the great little town of North Fork. My wife Sue and I love living in the Sierra Foothills along with our long haired Corgi named Maggie May. I should warn you that Maggie might appear in a lot of our photos. 1. She’s cute. 2. She’s my pal. My posts will ...

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Hiking From Chiquito Trailhead to Chain Lakes

The trail was tricky. Much of it was covered with snow up to 5 foot drifts and we sloshed through stretches that were covered in water. The creeks were high but our persistence rewarded us with a lake that was still partially iced over and bordered by snowy mountains. Where: Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite National Park Distance: ...

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Tioga Road Opens and I am There!

When Yosemite National Park announced that Tioga Road (continuation of Highway 120 through the park) was to open on Thursday, June 29, at 8 am, you know I had to be there. We were at the spot on Tioga Road where the gate had been closed for the winter by 0741 and it was already opened! There were several signs ...

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Hiking to Ostrander Lake

Picture escaping the heat to icy Ostrander Lake, bordered by a snowy, rocky ledge. That is exactly what we did in the middle of June, watching the last of the winter ice melt away, creating beautiful reflections. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 12.56 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 6,998′ – 8,613′ Date: June 20, 2017 Maps: El Capitan, ...

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