Mt Wilson Trail to Manzanita Ridge

Pacific Ocean View

The Mount Wilson Trail was built in 1864 by Benjamin “Don Benito” Wilson. He had planned to use it to bring down timber for his ranch. Not much timber was cut, and the trail was repurposed to construct the first Mt. Wilson Observatory, established by Harvard College in 1889. Hiking up this trail you can feel […]

Christianitos to Prima Deschecha Loop

Pear-Blossom

Suburban trails often make great mid-week hikes. They are usually local and fairly short, making them well-suited for a quick after-work hike. A longer loop hike in-town is almost unheard of. Until now.  I was examining the trail system in San Clemente and pieced together this 10+ mile loop that runs completely around the sleepy […]

Thru-Hiking the JMT: Upper Rae Lake, Glen Pass to Vidette Meadow

Heading Down to Vidette Meadow

Day 19 on the John Muir Trail… We awoke early, determined to get a jump on Glen Pass (11, 970ft.). Last night we camped at 10,600ft. just above Upper Rae Lake and were looking forward to reaching the pass early before it got too warm. I need to qualify what I mean by an “early start.” […]

Thru-Hiking the JMT: Woods Creek to the Rae Lakes

Rae Lakes and the Painted Lady

Day 18 on the John Muir Trail… Yesterday we discussed our plans for today’s hike. We had originally planned to hike over Glen Pass to Vidette Meadow, but decided to modify the itinerary to have an easier day and leave us just below Glen Pass. Even with the modification, we would meet our original exit date […]

Thru-Hiking the JMT: Rosemarie Meadow to Muir Trail Ranch

Heart Lake

Day 12 on the John Muir Trail… Today was a relatively easy day. We started just below 10,000 feet, so our climb up Seldon Pass (10,900′) wasn’t too difficult. From here, we headed down, down, down to Muir Trail Ranch for our final resupply. Yes, you read correctly. Muir Trail Ranch would be our final resupply […]

Thru-Hiking the JMT: Devil’s Postpile to Deer Creek

Fire Damaged Forest

Day 7 on the John Muir Trail… We were tired from our 13 mile hike yesterday, and this would be an easy day. We would feast at the Mulehouse Cafe at Red’s Meadow, pick up our second resupply package, have a surprise visit from some old friends, and hike only half our normal average — […]

Thru-Hiking the JMT: Lyell Canyon to Thousand Island Lake

Island Pass and the Minarets Panorama

Day Five on the John Muir Trail… Yesterday’s hike up Lyell Canyon was relatively easy. Today, we would hit several big milestones. First, we would hike over our first serious pass. At 11,056 ft, Donohue Pass was still covered with snow, and the altitude was as high as we had been on the JMT so […]

Thru-Hiking the JMT: Tuolumne to Upper Lyell Canyon

Lyell Fork

Day Four on the John Muir Trail I was looking forward to this day. The mileage was a little easier, and the first nine miles were up the almost imperceptible incline of Lyell Canyon. Getting in later than expected on Day Three meant hanging around until the Tuolumne Meadows Post Office opened so we could […]