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4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome Hike

I once heard the 4 Mile Trail described as a three hour long Stairmaster session from start to finish. We accomplished that plus a bonus hike up to Sentinel Dome for views of snow covered Half Dome and other surrounding peaks. And, we were the only people up at Glacier Point, which is normally pretty crowded in the summer!

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Mirror Lake Loop Hike

Brilliant yellow Big Leaf Maples, golden oaks and red dogwoods lined the trail along the recently reopened Mirror Lake Loop, which was closed in 2009 due to a rock fall. Before we hit the trail, we took a leisurely walk along the Merced River, capturing reflections of fall colors, along with a critter or two along the way.

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Gaylor Lakes & Great Sierra Mine Hike: Part 2

Although prospecting efforts were made in the Tioga area as early as 1860, it was not until 1878 when claims were made and the Tioga Mining District was formed. The City of “Dana” received a Post Office in 1880. In 1881, the Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Company bought up all of the claims in the Tioga Hill area and started ...

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Gaylor Lakes & Great Sierra Mine Hike: Part 1

Fresh fallen snow created incredible views of the Tioga Pass area for us, revealing snow covered mountains hiding in clouds that reflected in the high mountain lakes. As we explored the old abandoned Great Sierra Mine, we got a small feel for what those hard working miners lived through in those cold winters in the ghost town of Dana City ...

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Lillian Lake Loop Hike

I found it! That elusive fall color that I have been searching for was not too far away and we had some beautiful high lakes thrown in as a bonus treat. On our hike this week we headed to the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area. We drove up Beasore Road near Bass Lake, also known as the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, ...

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Dana Plateau Hike

Is it time for fall color yet? We decided it was right time for one of our more challenging hikes that we do every year, but hadn’t got around to yet this year. Personally, I wanted to see if we could get a glimpse of fall colors.

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Climbing Half Dome? What You Need To Know

Making it to the top of Half Dome is a breath-taking achievement. Literally! For those of you who want to take on this challenge, there are some things you’ll need to know. So let’s get the facts from someone who is still resting up from his trek to the top this past weekend, Tim Madden. But first, some pertinent information: ...

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