Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Hiking

The inscription carved by a trail crew nearly a century ago. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail (north to south) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015. Previous installments and additional photos are here.   Day 14: Saturday, August 1 Piute Creek to McClure Meadow 9 miles The rainstorm from the previous evening had moved on for now. We dried our tent on a sunny boulder while...
It was a day of discovering cabins hidden in the woods along the John Muir Trail. In this photo: A snow survey cabin near Sallie Keyes Lakes. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail (north to south) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during Summer 2015. Previous installments and additional photos are online here.   Day 13: Friday, July 31 Sallie Keyes Lakes to Piute Creek Crossing 9 miles Our 4:30 a.m. wake-up didn’t happen as planned because we heard the all-too-familiar sound of...
An old Forest Service sing showing where we'd been and where we were heading. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail (north to south) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015. Previous installments and additional photos are online at www.kaweahcommonwealth.com/john-muir-trail.   Day 12: Thursday, July 30 Bear Creek to Sallie Keyes Lakes 8 miles We were up and packing at 4:30 a.m. to get an earlier-...
One of the five dozen or more switchbacks that ascend the north side of Bear Ridge.
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail (north to south) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015. Previous installments and additional photos are online here.   Day 11: Wednesday, July 29 Fords Creek to Bear Creek 11 miles A milestone was reached at some point on this day. We surpassed 100 miles. Another achievement on this...
Lake Virginia in the John Muir Wilderness of Sierra National Forest. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015. Previous installments and additional photos are here.   Day 10: Tuesday, July 28 Purple Lake to Fords Creek - 11 miles One of the best parts about backpacking is the freedom to choose where to pitch a tent.  Jennie and I have always been picky...
Gladys Lake offers a scenic respite just south of Rosalie Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest.
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015.    Day 7: Saturday, July 25 Rosalie Lake 0 miles It was headlamps off in the tent at 9 p.m. the previous night, and we didn’t stir again until 9 a.m. Our bodies obviously needed the rest and repair after six consecutive days of hiking an...
Banner Peak (right) and Mount Ritter, the focal points of the Ritter Range, as seen when arriving from the north onto Island Pass in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Day 6 / 11.5 miles Rush Creek Trail Junction to Rosalie Lake No storms today. They had relented... for now. We were up before daybreak to pack up the campsite. Rush Creek kept us company with its constant, upbeat flow. This waterway is pristine, fed by ice melt and lakes of the remote Ritter Range.  This hiking day would be an incredible journey of views, but such expansive scenery comes with a...
On top of Donohue Pass is where southbound hikers on the John Muir Trail exit Yosemite National Park and enter the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Inyo National Forest. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015. Other installments may be read here.   Day 5 / 10 miles  Lyell Canyon (elevation 8,900 feet) to Rush Creek Junction (elevation 9,670) via Donohue Pass (elevation 11,073 feet) The first item of business everyday upon waking is to get the weather...
Brian Newton at the entrance to an old Mineral King mine. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Recently, Brian Newton, 67, retired school teacher, and Roy Kendall, 68, real estate broker, decided to increase their education, hike cross country  and explore the caves at the south end of  the Mineral King valley. Just for fun, Roy named the first cave they explored “Plato’s Cave.” It was an education to go into this black cave with flashlights and go back in time to 514 AD and remember the...
Backpackers navigate the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail on a stormy day in Yosemite National Park’s Lyell Canyon.  (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail from July 19 to August 13, 2015. Previous installments may be found here.   Along the [Tuolumne] river a series of beautiful glacier-meadows extend with but little interruption, from the lower end of the Valley to its head, a distance of about twelve miles, forming charming sauntering-grounds from which the...

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