Tuesday, August 14 2018

Mount Agassiz has been on my to-do list for a few years. Last month, I finally talked my son Wes into going with me on this one. We drove up on a Friday and met at Lone Pine where we grabbed a burger before heading in…

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I had an extra free day and instead of doing a local California hike, because it was pretty hot, I thought I’d just drive up to Cottonwood Lakes and summit Cirque Peak and come back the same day. I was up at 4am and in…

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Alta Peak, located in Sequoia National Park, can be done as a day hike or overnight. Most prefer overnight because of the time it takes to get to the trailhead and the length of the hike…

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We were familiar with Zion and Bryce National Parks, but Becky and I had always wanted to see more of Utah. Bec especially wanted to see the Grand Canyon. We had heard about The Grand Circle of National Parks, and after getting…

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The Pine Mountain Traverse is a tough point-to-point hike across one of the most remote areas in the San Gabriel Mountains. The route has 4,690′ of elevation gain and 7,700′ of elevation loss if you end your trip in…

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I managed to talk Manny Castillo into another hike – which would prove to be more “epic rough” than the last one. After a half mile, the route cuts across the creek then follows a steep avalanche chute to Sugarloaf Peak, then…

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Final Score: Condor Peak-1, Manny Castillo and Bryan Feller-0. Our goal was to summit Condor Peak near Tujunga, but the peak had other plans. The hike started out following a picturesque canyon gorge with a creek flowing through it…

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Strawberry Peak via the Mountaineer’s Route is a whole lot of fun, and a bit of suffering. The trail gains 2,730′ and tops out a 6,165′. The last 400 feet of the trail is a great class 3 climb to…

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n the interest of breaking routine, I thought I’d hike Santiago Peak instead of my usual hikes like Baldy and Cucamonga. Also, there was a lot of snow in the mountains and Santiago Peak offered a lot of elevation gain without the snow found at high altitude. Getting to the …

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The Old Mount Baldy Trail starts at Baldy Village instead of Manker Flats. This very strenuous 13-mile out and back scenic trail gains 5,750′ of elevation and tops out at 10,069′. It starts out steep, then gradually eases as you gain…

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