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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Backpacking 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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How to Prepare for a Night in the Backcountry

** 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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