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Hiking on the Savage Lundy Trail

Hiking through country that is rich with mining history gave me the chance to walk in the footprints of unknown miners who had dreams of striking it rich in the South Fork of the Merced River. Some did, most didn’t. Another unique element of this hike is the Knobcone Pine stand that we passed through.

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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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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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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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Dewey Point Snowshoe

We had brand new snow and now that Badger Pass Ski Area had opened, that meant Glacier Point Road was open and a whole big world of snowshoeing possibilities were calling to me. The first snowshoe of the season was to Dewey Point and it was indescribably beautiful.

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How to Make Your Own Topographic Maps For Free

Did you know that you can print your own topographic maps from home? It is pretty darn easy and here is how you can do it. Of course you will need a computer, a printer and a healthy internet connection. You will also need Adobe Reader but if you don’t, there is a link at the bottom of the USGS ...

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