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For many, the 210-mile long John Muir Trail, which runs north to south across the Sierra Nevada, represents the quintessential backcountry hike. While this trail was on our radar, we thought the High Sierra Trail would be a good way to ease into the behemoth JMT…

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We had a bit of a slow start, being wiped out from the day before. We got on the trail at about 9 am, and it was already getting warm. Regardless, it would prove to be one of the most amazing days on the trail. Bearpaw to Hamilton Lake is absolutely beautiful, with steep granite walls on both sides…

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We woke up at a decent time, had breakfast, and set off towards our goal, which was Arroyo Junction. Crossing the creek didn’t end up being a big deal, but as soon as we hit the tree line the mosquitoes raged against us. We kept them off by hiking at a pretty fast pace…

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The rain during the night made for a good night’s sleep. The rain sent melodic tones down the tent walls, lulling us to sleep. In the morning we took in some views of Moraine Lake, had breakfast, and headed out…

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We knew this was going to be a tough day of uphill hiking, and we were not disappointed. After breakfast, we broke camp and crossed Whitney Creek, as the water had dropped considerably…

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We were up before our alarm went off at 3 am, but we all sat in our tents waiting to hear it. It was a clear night, giving us a view of every star in the sky. This gave us some encouragement, but we knew the weather can change on a dime…

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