Tag Archives: High Sierra Trail

High Sierra Trail: The Day of Endless Switchbacks

Day 6: Guitar Lake to Whitney Portal Mileage: 15.6 miles Max elevation: 14,505 ft Elevation at Guitar Lake: 11,460 ft Elevation at Whitney Portal: 8,010 ft My watch went off at 4am. We got off the trail at 6:30pm and … Continue reading

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High Sierra Trail: Up and Up and Up

Day 5: Junction Meadow to Guitar Lake Mileage: 12.4 miles Max elevation: 11,460 ft (Guitar Lake) Elevation gain: 3,380 ft I got so much better at reading a map on this trip out of simple necessity, but even before that, … Continue reading

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High Sierra Trail: Roughing it in the Hot Springs

Day Three and Four (August 6 & August 7) Day 3 – Big Arroyo to Upper Funston Meadow via Moraine Lake Mileage: 12.8 Peak Elevation Gain: 705 ft Camp Elevation: 6,730 ft Day 4 – Upper Funston to Junction Meadow … Continue reading

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High Sierra Trail: The Prettiest Poo

Day Two: Bearpaw Meadow to Big Arroyo Junction Mileage: 11.1 Peak elevation: 10,700 (Kaweah Gap) Peak elevation gain: 2,880 Camp elevation: 9,560 In retrospect, this was one of the hardest days and one of my favorites. Don’t let the mileage … Continue reading

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High Sierra Trail: Smacking You In the Face With Beauty and Snakes

Day One: Crescent Meadow to Bearpaw Meadow Mileage: 11.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet Elevation at Camp: 7,820 feet We left for Sequoia National Park from the Comfort Inn in Visalia, CA via the 6:15 shuttle and got to the … Continue reading

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Hiding from the Sun in Coffee Shops

As I write this, I’m a couple blocks from the Santa Monica Pier in one of those generic Starbucks knock off coffee chains. It’s taken me a couple days to mentally recover to the point where I could write about … Continue reading

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Logistics: Getting to/from the High Sierra Trail Without a Car

Full disclosure: We haven’t done this yet. Update: We did this! It worked. Only hiccup was a long delay in our first Greyhound bus leg, so don’t closely schedule that. Paying for a car rental when a week of that will … Continue reading

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