Backpacking Twenty Lakes Basin & Saddlebag Lake Loop

Trip Date: July 24-25, 2020 Trail Overview Trail: Twenty Lakes Basin / Saddlebag Lake Loop Distance: 7.7 mile loop Elevation Gain: 978 ft. Location: Hoover Wilderness Permits: Wilderness permits required for overnight stay. Permits can be obtained here. The Story There are some places that you keep returing to because it just feels right. So, how many times do you […]

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A Simple Guide To Wilderness Backpacking

** I would like to share with you my guide to backpacking and some tips on how you could prepare for your first trip. I am not an expert and this should be used only as a guide which is based on my opinions and experiences. ** Day hiking is fun but have you ever hiked a trail and just wanted to stay […]

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Hiking California’s 3rd Tallest peak: White Mountain

Trip Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 Trail Overview Trail: White Mountain trail Distance: 14.7 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 3,087 ft. Location: White Mountains, Mono County Permits: Not required. The Story If we’re not floating around the alpine lakes of the Eastern Sierra, or stocking up on jerky in Bishop, we’re most likely to be found somewhere in the backcountry […]

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Backpacking Mineral king loop

Trip Date: July 3-5, 2020 Trail Overview Trail: Sawtooth trailhead to Franklin Lakes trailhead Distance: 38.9-miles loop Elevation Gain: 10,487′ Location: Sequoia National Park, Mineral King, CA. Permit: Wilderness permit required. The Story A good friend of mine is currently training to hike the John Muir Trail this summer and has committed to camping or backpacking every weekend until […]

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Throwback: Memorial Day Weekend Roadie

Trip Date: May 24-30, 2019 With the extended weekend ahead, Tiffany and I planned out our next big road trip where we ended up driving 1,543 miles spending 4 days and 4 nights wandering 2 states, exploring 3 state parks, 1 national park and a quick overnighter in Grand Staircase-Escalante. There were many firsts on […]

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Backpacking in the San Juan Mountains

Trip Date: August 30- September 1, 2019 Trail Overview Trail: Ice Lakes Trail & Island Lake Distance: 7.6 mile loop Elevation Gain: 2,535 ft. Location: San Juan Mountains, CO. Permits: Not required. The Story Over Labor Day weekend, three friends and I took a road trip to Colorado for an extended weekend of backpacking to […]

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Loving Lately: Advanced Elements Packlite Kayak

It is without doubt that I very much enjoy backpacking to alpine lakes. It’s pretty much all I live for during the warm summer months! It was not until last year that I added a children’s floatie to my summer gear list and let me tell you, trekking in that extra pound is totally worth […]

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Solo Backpacking: Reasons To & Tips How

Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company. Of course, most backpacking tips begin with the instruction of never going alone, but once you’ve successfully completed your first solo trip, the feeling of accomplishment is inevitable! I try to plan a solo backpacking trip once a year and if i’m being completely honest- […]

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Backpacking Channel Islands: Santa Cruz Island

Trip Date: April 23-27, 2018 Santa Cruz Island is the largest of seven that make up the Channel Islands. Located 20 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara county, this national park is a backpacker’s dream! We spent four days on the island hiking, camping and one big backpacking trip towards the end of our […]

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Backpacking: Eastern Sierra at Big Pine Lakes

Trip Date: 6/1/2019 Trail Overview Trail: Big Pine Creek North Fork to Second Lake Distance: ~10 miles round-trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,700 ft. Location: Inyo National Forest, CA Permits: Wilderness permit required for overnight stay. Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail is located in Inyo National Forest on the Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada and is a pretty […]

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Backpacking Duck Pass Trail to Pika Lake

Trip Date: September 1-2,2018 Trail Overview Trail: Duck Pass Trail to Pika Lake Distance: 9.5 miles round-trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,132 ft. Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA Permits: Wilderness permit required for overnight stay. Duck Lake Trail in the John Muir Wilderness is a popular trail that consists of alpine lakes, mountain views, wildflowers and a decent climb for a […]

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Backpacking the Valley of Little Lakes

TRAIL OVERVIEW Trail: Little Lakes Valley Trail to Gem Lakes Distance: 7.2 miles round trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 994 ft. Location: Inyo National Forest/ John Muir Wilderness Trail head: Mosquito Flats Permits: Required for backpacking. THE STORY Trail so nice, I’ve hiked it, well.. several times this summer; twice backpacking and twice day hiking! Easy enough for beginner hikers with views that […]

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The Day I Met an Instagram Stranger

You probably wouldn’t know that I wanted this day to happen for quite some time. As someone who is committed to the hiking community through a series of personal posts, inspirational quotes and nothing but hiking and camping photos; I sat back and kept myself from joining the large crowds and hiking groups. For years, […]

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Backpacking: SEKI Wilderness at Eagle Lake

 Trail Overview  Trail: Eagle Lake from Mineral King Valley Distance: 7.2 miles round trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,175 ft. Location: Sequoia National Park Trail head: Eagle-Mosquito Lakes Permits: Required for backpacking only.  The Story There’s no better way to cool down in the middle of summer than hiking to and swimming in an alpine lake. This was my first alpine lake swim […]

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Thru-Hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail

Trail Overview Trail: Trans- Catalina Trail (2016) Distance: 58.4 miles Elevation Gain/Loss: 9,500′ Location: Catalina Island Trail head: Avalon Permits: Required. Can obtained here. Campsite Reservations: Required. Reserve here. The Story This is a shorter version of our journey on the Trans-Catalina trail. A  detailed version can be found here.  The month is April of 2016 and we are excited to finally complete the Trans-Catalina Trail, roughly […]

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