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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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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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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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Hiking up to Little Shuteye Peak

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We hiked off trail through brush, snow, crossing small creeks and swamps to get our reward of seeing a very rare flower and wonderful views of snowcapped high peaks. And, who knew that a small toad was a peak bagger? Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.32 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 7,188′ – 8,353′ Date: June 14, 2017 Maps: Little ...

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Escape with Sally to Convict Lake

Tioga Pass hadn’t opened up from its winter’s sleep yet, but I really wanted to get over to the east side of the Sierra. Sally was up for the adventure and we drove along those brightly colored, snowcapped mountains to Convict Lake for a few days. Where: Inyo National Forest, John Muir Wilderness Distance: 2.77 Miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation Range: ...

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Hiking to Alder Creek Falls

I was curious about how much water was coming out of Alder Creek Falls and was really hoping to see some wildflowers, especially those beautiful harlequin lupine. Sure enough, there was lots of water gushing over the edge of Alder Creek Falls and I think those harlequin lupine were happy to see me. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.88 Miles ...

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A Misty Day with the Dogwood Blooms at Nelder Grove

I never imagined the beauty that Nelder Grove held on a day when the floating mist was hiding the tops of the towering Giant Sequoias. Raindrops on dogwood blooms and leaves made me stop and admire them. And, have you ever wondered how some of these big trees got their names? Where: Sierra National Forest, Nelder Grove Distance: 2.1 miles, ...

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