Adventures Tagged: Sierras

Group Backpacking Trip to Glen Aulin and May Lake in Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite Group Backpacking Trip to Glen Aulin and May Lake in Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite Group Backpacking Trip to Glen Aulin and May Lake in Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite

A group backpacking trip through Tuolumne Meadows from Lembert Dome to Glen Aulin and on to May Lake at almost 10,000 ft. elevation.

Group Backpacking Trip through Desoltion Wilderness to Lower Velma and Fontanillis Lakes Group Backpacking Trip through Desoltion Wilderness to Lower Velma and Fontanillis Lakes Group Backpacking Trip through Desoltion Wilderness to Lower Velma and Fontanillis Lakes

This was backpacking trip 2 of 2 in June 2015 from Eagle Falls Trailhead to Lower velma, Fontanillis, and Dick’s Lakes.

Group Backpacking Trip through Desolation Wilderness from Eagle Falls Trailhead Group Backpacking Trip through Desolation Wilderness from Eagle Falls Trailhead Group Backpacking Trip through Desolation Wilderness from Eagle Falls Trailhead

This group backpacking trip was 1 of 2 trips in June 2015 from Eagle Falls Trailhead to Lower Velma Lake and Fontanillis Lake.

Hiking and Morel Foraging at Granite Chief Wilderness Hiking and Morel Foraging at Granite Chief Wilderness Hiking and Morel Foraging at Granite Chief Wilderness

Great hike in Granite Chief Wilderness on the Five Lakes Trail led to a bountiful Morel foraging.

Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail Hiking Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls up the Mist Trail and back on the John Muir Trail

Hiking the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls and continuing on to hike to Nevada Falls is an epic adventure that you won’t soon forget. To make this a loop trail consider taking the John Muir Trail back down to the trailhead.

Hike on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail and the Mirror Lake and Snow Creek Trails Hike on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail and the Mirror Lake and Snow Creek Trails Hike on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail and the Mirror Lake and Snow Creek Trails

A gorgeous unseasonably snowy spring hike along a portion of the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail to the Mirror Lake and Snowy Creek Trails.

Camping at North Pines Campground Site 500 in Yosemite National Park Camping at North Pines Campground Site 500 in Yosemite National Park Camping at North Pines Campground Site 500 in Yosemite National Park

A great 3 night camping trip to Yosemite at site 500 in North Pines campground with snow, good hiking and a couple great hikes.

Winter hike to Cascade Falls southwest of Lake Tahoe Winter hike to Cascade Falls southwest of Lake Tahoe Winter hike to Cascade Falls southwest of Lake Tahoe

The short hike to Cascade Falls offers a great trail with views of Cascade Lake, Lake Tahoe and many of the peaks that surround the lake, leading to Cascade Falls in Desolation Wilderness.

Hike to Gilmore Lake in Desolation Wilderness Hike to Gilmore Lake in Desolation Wilderness Hike to Gilmore Lake in Desolation Wilderness

Great hike in southwestern Lake Tahoe from Glen Alpine Trailhead in Desolation Wilderness up to Lake Gilmore on an Autumn day.

Hiking the Angora Lake Trail in Lake Tahoe Hiking the Angora Lake Trail in Lake Tahoe Hiking the Angora Lake Trail in Lake Tahoe

A beautiful hike in the sierras to two subalpine lakes with calm lakes mirroring the sparsely forested granite peaks and cabins surrounding them.

Camping at Fallen Leaf Lake Campground for Oktoberfest 2014 Camping at Fallen Leaf Lake Campground for Oktoberfest 2014 Camping at Fallen Leaf Lake Campground for Oktoberfest 2014

2014’s annual pilgrimage with the siblings to Fallen Leaf Lake Campground and Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson is always a great time. Fallen Leaf Lake is the ultimate sierra campgrounds.

Backpacking Desolation Wilderness from the Glen Alpine Trailhead Backpacking Desolation Wilderness from the Glen Alpine Trailhead Backpacking Desolation Wilderness from the Glen Alpine Trailhead

A great backpacking trip from Glen Alpine Trailhead to Susie Lake, Heather Lake, Lake Aloha, Lake Gilmore and other small lakes in Desolation Wilderness.

Hiking among Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove in Yosemite Hiking among Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove in Yosemite Hiking among Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove in Yosemite

This hike through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park might be crowded, but it yields breathtaking examples of some of the earth’s oldest and largest trees.

Camping at North Pines Campground in Yosemite Camping at North Pines Campground in Yosemite Camping at North Pines Campground in Yosemite

North Pines campground in the northeastern part of Yosemite Valley is a favorite offering great access to the river and a secluded feel.

A hike among Sequoia at Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite A hike among Sequoia at Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite A hike among Sequoia at Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite

The hike down to the Sequoia tree grove at Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite is hilly but hikers are rewarded with numerous large Sequoias and an old tree tunnel, without the crowd.

Hike to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness from Glen Alpine Hike to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness from Glen Alpine Hike to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness from Glen Alpine

This is a nice short hike to Grass Lake from the Glen Alpine Trailhead into Desolation Wilderness with a view of Grass Lake, Lily Lake, the waterfalls into Grass Lake and a few streams that are required to cross.

Hike to Cascade Falls in Lake Tahoe Hike to Cascade Falls in Lake Tahoe Hike to Cascade Falls in Lake Tahoe

A gorgeous hike above Cascade Lake to Cascade Falls. Granite peaks, Lake Tahoe and snow covered mountains make a perfect backdrop for this hike to cascading waterfalls above Cascade Lake.

Camping at Sunset Campground in Crystal Basin Recreation Area Camping at Sunset Campground in Crystal Basin Recreation Area Camping at Sunset Campground in Crystal Basin Recreation Area

Sunset Campground in Crystal Basin Recreation Area offers fairly spacious sites with great access to Union Valley Reservoir. A great place to camp.

Hike from Camp Richardson through Taylor Creek in Winter Hike from Camp Richardson through Taylor Creek in Winter Hike from Camp Richardson through Taylor Creek in Winter

A brisk winter walk along the beach of Lake Tahoe from Camp Richardson through Taylor Creek offers history, wildlife and great scenery.

Snowshoeing Spooner Lake Near Tahoe Snowshoeing Spooner Lake Near Tahoe Snowshoeing Spooner Lake Near Tahoe

Snoswhoeing around frozen Spooner Lake in Nevada was a very scenic and fairly easy trek. Spooner Lake is located a little inland from the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe.

Hike to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness Hike to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness Hike to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness

This is a short, easy hike at elevation to Grass Lake in Desolation Wilderness from the Glen Alpine Trailhead. Time your trip well or you may experience a lot of snow, flooded trail, and several dangerous river crossings.

Camping at Camp Richardon on Lake Tahoe Camping at Camp Richardon on Lake Tahoe Camping at Camp Richardon on Lake Tahoe

Camp Richardson is a resort on the Southwest end of Lake Tahoe off Hwy 89 shortly north of the Y in South Lake Tahoe. They have a general store, restaurant/bar, beach access, and offer camping for RVs and tent campers.

Hiking to Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite Hiking to Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite Hiking to Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite

Bridalveil Falls flows year-round from Bridalveil Creek and is the first set of falls seen as you enter Yosemite Valley. Prepare to get a little wet on this nice, short and paved hike to it’s base.

Camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite

Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite lies in the Yosemite Valley east of Curry Village. It is the closest to Happy Isles and the Mist Trail with a seasonal creek behind some of the sites. Site 174 was great.

Hiking Eagle Falls Trail in South Lake Tahoe Hiking Eagle Falls Trail in South Lake Tahoe Hiking Eagle Falls Trail in South Lake Tahoe

Eagle Falls is a scenic set of subalpine waterfalls from Eagle Creek which flows from Eagle Lake above. Probably best in summer but you can go anytime. Be sure to check out the upper and lower sets to take in all the views.

Snowshoe trip to Vikingsholm along the Rubicon Trail Snowshoe trip to Vikingsholm along the Rubicon Trail Snowshoe trip to Vikingsholm along the Rubicon Trail

A great snowshoe trip trailblazing the Rubicon Trail in Emerald Bay down to Vikingsholm, through the Eagle Point Campground. A highly recommended snowshoe trip while in South Lake Tahoe.

Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground Hiking Vikingsholm via Eagle Point Campground

We took the longer trail from Eagle Point Campground along Emerald Bay and down into Vikingsholm where we took the paid tour. Very scenic and relatively easy hike. Best in summer.

Hikes around Taylor Creek on Lake Tahoe Hikes around Taylor Creek on Lake Tahoe Hikes around Taylor Creek on Lake Tahoe

Several nice short but scenic hikes await at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center area, which serves as parking. We hiked on Pope Beach, the Rainbow Trail – which is a trail about the wildlife and plants in the area, and the Mt. Tallac Historic Trail along old log cabins from the first settlers.

Free Campsite in West Point Campground Free Campsite in West Point Campground Free Campsite in West Point Campground

Stayed here for free during “Labor Week” 2010 as a staging for backpacking the following day. We fished at the dam of Union Valley Reservoir and spent one night here. Wasn’t too bad.

Hiking Tahoe Rim Trail to Spooner Summit Hiking Tahoe Rim Trail to Spooner Summit Hiking Tahoe Rim Trail to Spooner Summit

The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 150 mile loop along ridges surrounding Lake Tahoe. One of the easier sections is this hike to Spooner Summit with parking right off Hwy 50 in Nevada beyond the south shore state line.

Solo Backpacking in Desolation Wilderness Solo Backpacking in Desolation Wilderness Solo Backpacking in Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness is located north of Hwy 50 on the way up to Tahoe. It offers miles and acres of subalpine awesomeness with hundreds of lakes, trails, and heaps of granite. One of my favorite spots to backpack.

Camping at Fallen Leaf Lake Camping at Fallen Leaf Lake Camping at Fallen Leaf Lake

Fallen Leaf Lake is a very scenic lake SW of Lake Tahoe off Hwy 89, not too far beyond the Y. The campsites are fairly large and private with a nice meadow and short hike to the lake.

Backwoods campsite on Silver Creek Backpacking South Fork of Silver Creek Backpacking trip in Crystal Basin

Crystal Basin offers dispersed camping and is an area full of forests and fairly natural-looking reservoirs. This is a backpacking trip near the South Fork of Silver Creek and Ice House Reservoir.

Disc Golf at Tahoe Vista course in North Lake Tahoe Disc Golf at Tahoe Vista course in North Lake Tahoe Disc Golf at Tahoe Vista course in North Lake Tahoe

18 holes near the North Shore stateline in North Lake Tahoe, not far off 80. This course offers a good hike, lots of hills and unmatched scenery. Great course.

Backpacking Desolation Wilderness Backpacking Desolation Wilderness Backpacking Desolation Wilderness

A backpacking trip through Western Desolation Wilderness to Twin Lakes, Wrights Lake, Gertrude Lake, and Tyler Lake taken in August 2007.

Disc Golfing at Zephyr Cove in Tahoe Disc Golfing at Zephyr Cove in Tahoe Disc Golfing at Zephyr Cove in Tahoe

One of several awesome disc golf courses in Lake Tahoe, the Zephyr Cove disc golf course is located just over the south shore state border in Nevada, offering forest, hills and excellent views of Lake Tahoe and Mt. Tallac to the west. 18 holes. One of the author’s favorites.

Disc Golfing at Bijou in Tahoe Disc Golfing at Bijou in Tahoe Disc Golfing at Bijou in Tahoe

Another of Lake Tahoe’s gems, the Bijou disc golf course is a lengthy 27 holer on the California side of South Lake Tahoe a little bit after the Y. Gorgeous scenery but all in all a very flat and dusty course with a ton of evergreens to aggravate the champion in all of us.