The trail to Franklin Lakes wanders through meadows and over streams, up the slopes of impressive peaks and into an alpine bowl. It is easily achieved in a day and most travel beyond Franklin Pass as a portal, but the lake itself makes a nice place to camp. Basic Info: 10.8 miles roundtrip to Lower
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Sanctuary to sequoia and redwood groves, Mountain Home State Forest is an often overlooked tour of the lower lying Sierra’s. The trout are abundant in North Fork Middle Fork Tule River and in surrounding creeks. This area was favored by natives during the summer to escape the heat of the San Joaquin Valley. Crossing into
Escape the crowds in Yosemite Valley by reaching North Dome, with spectacular 360 views of Half Dome, Illilouette Falls, the Merced River, and distant peaks. An easy day hike or overnight, this trip is a nice escape from tour buses and throngs of people. This trail leads to an amazing vantage over most of the
Sawtooth Peak (12,343 ft) in Mineral King is a difficult hike. Climbing to the top of Sawtooth Pass reveals views of alpine glacial gems like Columbine Lake, Monarch Lakes, and Mineral King Valley. Overnight backpacking or camping is a must when visiting Mineral King. Wildlife is abundant and the landscape is massive. A vast range
Basic Info: 5 miles roundtrip. Part of Desolation Wilderness, starting from Bayview trailhead overlooking Emerald Bay. Sweeping panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Steep elevation gain for such a short hike, but overall relatively easy. All visitors to the Desolation Wilderness require a permit, including day hikers, which are provided at designated trailheads like Bayview. Backpackers
10,000 feet. 70 degrees. 6 feet of snow pack. As most great trips do, it began early in the morning. I was accompanied by my two roommates, James and Melina, our good friend Ross, and of course my love, Margaret. We were bound for Sequoia National Park for a long weekend of hiking and camping.