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

Hiking

The façade of the Strentzel/Muir mansion in Martinez, Calif. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  In a week, my daughter, Jennie, and I will embark on a long-awaited journey. We will spend a month backpacking in the High Sierra on the John Muir Trail. With a few layover days that will allow for some side trips, our total trip mileage should be about 250 miles. As our departure date looms, I am excited and nervous.  Excited because of what I know awaits us out there. Sunrises and alpenglow...
Muir Rock at Road's End in Kings Canyon National Park is where where John Muir took members of the Sierra Club and other visitors when they visited Kings Canyon. It is reported that he gave many talks from this beautiful flat rock.
  THE PERMIT PROCESS The John Muir Trail is one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the High Sierra. And it seems that everybody knows it. Hiking the John Muir Trail requires permission via a special wilderness permit. These permits are limited to help better manage the sensitive ecosystem and increase everyone’s hiking experience.  A different permit, and permit process, is required...
John Muir is known as the Father of the National Parks. This bronze is in the visitor center at the John Muir Historic Site in Martinez, Calif.
  HIKING THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL... MOSTLY   John Muir’s legacy As mentioned previously, we will be opting out of the first 24 miles of the JMT in order to begin our north-to-south adventure in a less crowded part of Yosemite National Park. Our trailhead will be north of Yosemite Valley at the White Wolf Campground. Our first day will consist of a 10-mile, 4,000-foot descent into the Grand Canyon of...
A portion of an exhibit of wood sculptures in Lemon Cove, Calif., with the focal point being a bust of John Muir.
  PLANS UNDERWAY FOR A SIERRA SUMMER ADVENTURE Last September at our 90-year-old cabin in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, I was enjoying my birthday weekend with friends. One evening, husband John pulled out his laptop and announced we would be having a movie night. Shock! Through all my life at that cabin, there have never been any electronics except for my grandparents’ radio....

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