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

Hiking

The view from the porch of the Rae Lakes Ranger Station. (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 more photos are online at here.   Day 21: Saturday, August 8 Woods Creek Junction to Rae Lakes 7 miles   We stood on the trail and waved goodbye to our campmates who joined the morning lineup to cross...
The Woods Creek suspension bridge. (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 more photos are online here.   Day 19: Thursday, August 6 Lake Marjorie to Woods Creek Junction 10 miles   Another chilly, early morning wake-up call. Bypassed the stove, so no hot beverage, just...
Meet-and-greet on Mather Pass. (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 more photos are online at here.   Day 18: Wednesday, August 5 Above Palisade Lakes to Lake Marjorie 10 miles Cumulative miles: 160   Mather. Pinchot. Glen. Forester. The mountain passes would be...
Lower Palisade Lake looking back toward the abyss that contains the Golden Staircase. (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 more photos are here.     Day 17: Tuesday, August 4 LeConte Canyon to (beyond) Palisade Lakes 12 miles   As thru-hikers in the most remote backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park, there were only...
Muir Hut on Muir Pass (elevation 11,975 feet), Kings Canyon National Park. (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 more photos are here.   Here is the cliffhanger from the previous installment in this series:   “Why are those frogs white?” asked Jennie.    The shoreline of Wanda Lake was crowded with these tiny...
Evolution Lake, Kings Canyon National Park. (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 15: Sunday, August 2 McClure Meadow to Wanda Lake 8 miles   Our first peek from the tent revealed a clear sky. The...
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...

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