Desolation Wilderness: Bucket List Hike to Lake Aloha

Click Image for Full Video! On my last California backpacking trip before moving out of state for 15 years, I saw Lake Aloha in Desolation Wilderness for the first time. I was 1,500' above the valley, and Aloha was like a magnificent series of gems set in granite. Little did I know that it would … Continue reading Desolation Wilderness: Bucket List Hike to Lake Aloha

Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Shopping for Hikers and Backpackers

CLICK HERE FOR FULL VIDEO! Shopping for hikers or backpackers is often difficult because their gear is so specialized. Unless you are told precisely what to get, you stand a good chance of making a mistake. Here I go over some gift ideas that most any hiker or backpacker will like - but more importantly … Continue reading Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Shopping for Hikers and Backpackers

Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Hike

Kennedy Meadows (North) is a popular stop on the Tahoe-Yosemite trail (and for PCT hikers just up the road). This trail is one of the longest sections that does not cross over a major road and the Relief Reservoir hike has creeks, rivers, bridges and offers some cool old machinery, a cave, and an explorable … Continue reading Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Hike

Finding the Lost Sierra Point Trail in Yosemite

Sierra Point was Ansel Adam's inspiration and is the only place in Yosemite where four major waterfalls can be seen at once. Yet it's not on any (modern) maps. An avalanche in the 70's wiped out the trail and it was never rebuilt. But it can be found. And it is worth it! FULL VIDEO … Continue reading Finding the Lost Sierra Point Trail in Yosemite