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Yosemite's Pohono Trail

Had a great hike with two old friends in Yosemite last week. We hiked the Pohono Train from the Tunnel View, 3400′ elevation gain to Inspiration, Stanford and Crocker Points, about 10 miles in all. Beautiful weather but no snow, unfortunately

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Lessons Learned From a Mountain Lion Encounter

We had planned to spend the day hiking up to Shuteye Pass, off of the Mammoth Pool Road. We were hiking in Nature’s backyard and my 70 pound Weimaraner named Sally met a 130 pound Mountain lion up close and personal. She is a very lucky dog and this is her story, along with lessons to be learned.

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Merced Wildlife Refuge: Magical Winter Migration

After admiring the spectacle of the Pacific Flyway migrations through the evocative photography of local artists such as Michael Frye, David Hoffman and Franka Gabler, I resolved to experience a bit of this Central Valley magic for myself before the season was over. When the local Yosemite Area Audubon Society (YAAS) announced their monthly field trip would be birding the ...

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Hiking with Sally and Raven to Shuteye Pass

Sally, Raven and a group of us headed up Mammoth Pool Road through 2014’s French Fire to Shuteye Pass where we saw an approaching storm dust the surrounding mountains with snow. We had gorgeous views of clouds, the Minarets, Mammoth to the east and the numerous Domes in the area.

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What Happened To The Lewis Creek Bridge?

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Those who hike along the Lewis Creek Trail have likely been surprised and a bit saddened to see that the bridge nearest the parking lot north of Cedar Valley on Highway 41 is gone. A call to Steven Beri, National Resources Specialist and Trail Supervisor for the Sierra National Forest, shed some light on why the ...

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Hiking Up Through The Meadow Fire To Bunnell Cascade

We had another great workout with incredible scenery that included views of Half Dome and other prominent high points, Vernal and Nevada Fall and the icy Merced River. This was our first look at the devastation in Little Yosemite Valley that was left over from the Meadow Fire last year. That was very sad to see.

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Chilnualna Falls Hike

There is a gorgeous view at the top of Chilnualna Falls (pronounced Chil-noo-al-na), which I call an infinity view. Pools of water appear to drop off suddenly into nowhere. These pools were iced over on this trip and that drop-off view was amazing. But the views got even more amazing farther up, with snowy and icy formations on and along ...

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