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

John Muir Trail

Sunrise as seen reflected in one of the Hitchcock Lakes. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is the final installment in 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.  The entire series and additional photos are here.   Day 26: Thursday, August 13 Two Tarns to Whitney Portal via Mount Whitney (terminus  of the JMT) 16 miles   Wow. What a final night. It was a long...
Bighorn Plateau and Mount Whitney (center). (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 24: Tuesday, August 11 Shepherd’s Pass trail junction to Crabtree Meadow 9 miles   Early into this trip, Jennie realized she had a substandard sleeping bag. Most nights...
Heading south toward Forester Pass on the JMT. (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 23: Monday, August 10 Vidette Meadow to Shepherd’s Pass trail junction 12 miles   It was a chilly morning in this meadow. The temperature was in the 30s but there were no...
ARE WE THERE  YET: The final push to Glen Pass (Jennie is on the left, arriving at the top). (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 22: Sunday, August 9 Rae Lakes to Vidette Meadow via  Glen Pass 6 miles   The hardest climb of the day was out of our sleeping bags. It had been a windy night; our tent was...
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...

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