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

Hiking

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...
The Tuolumne Meadows backpackers’ campground in Yosemite National Park that was filled to overflowing during a multi-day rainstorm in July. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  The first three days of this mother-and-daughter journey took place in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, but this will be written about in a separate installment as it is not part of the John Muir Trail. In this series about the JMT, it begins where we first set foot on the trail, at Tuolumne Meadows. Also not included in the JMT description are the 20 (southbound) miles from Yosemite Valley to...
Steel bridge across the Tuolumne River at Glen Aulin, Yosemite National Park. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
Day 3  Mileage: 25  Elevation: 7,800 ft.  
(Not the JMT yet.)
  A 26-day mother-and-daughter backpacking trip along the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park and onto the John Muir Trail to its terminus on top of Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park provided much in the way of scenery. But it wasn’t all pretty peaks, meandering meadows, lovely lakes, rocks, flowers, and trees.  Here are some manmade structures that added scenic...
Mile 35: It was a wet entry onto the John Muir Trail where we merged with it at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  You know all those things you’ve always want to do in your life? Do them. Years of week-long backpacking trips kindled a desire for a longer outing. I wanted to live outside for an extended period of time, walk more miles, be at the mercy of nature, and be dependent only on my own two feet, physical endurance, and mental strength. That wish came true this summer when my daughter, Jennie, age 26...
The food dehydrator works nonstop during backpacking season to remove all water content (and weight) from fruits and vegetables. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  A MONTH ON THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL   The Permit Process Back in February, exactly 168 days before my daughter’s and my planned departure on the 211-mile John Muir Trail, I was wandering through the aisles of Visalia’s Office Depot, waiting for an employee to fax my wilderness permit application, but Yosemite National Park’s fax line was a constant busy. I circumnavigated the store the opposite...

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