52 Hike Challenge 2017- AKA: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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Re: 52 Hike Challenge 2017- AKA: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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Post by BorregoWrangler » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:20 am

#49 Kings Canyon NP: Rae Lakes to Onion Valley
11.5 miles | +2750'

Morning reflections on Rae Lakes.
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Last campsite of our trek. I had a nice little beach just below my tent here where I spent most of my time fishing and swimming.
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Starting the long haul up towards Glen Pass.
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Looking back towards Rae Lakes and Black Mountain at 13,289'.
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At the top of Glen Pass at 11,978' elevation on the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail.
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Fantastic views of Bullfrog Lake, which is closed to camping.
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Great views of Kearsarge Lakes and Kearsarge Pinnacles. I'd love to camp and fish here for a few days. Our original plan was to camp here but we decided to push on to the trailhead since we had a storm bearing down on us and nobody felt like setting up camp in the rain.
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My friend Brian and I atop Kearsarge Pass. Just under 5 more miles to the trailhead.
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Heart Lake.
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We eventually made it back to the parking lot, dropped our packs, and collapsed into our vehicles. Everything hurt. But it felt amazing to kick off our shoes and just enjoy the ride back down to Lone Pine, where we devoured cheeseburgers and gulped beer at the Mt Whitney Cafe.

After dropping off the rented bear canisters at the ranger station, we headed south back to San Diego. During the 5 hour drive, we napped, took turns behind the wheel, and discussed the various highlights (and lowlights) of our adventure. I'm looking forward to exploring the sierras again next year, and being better prepared for it.

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Re: 52 Hike Challenge 2017- AKA: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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Post by DaveK » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:15 pm

WOW!!!!

What a fantastic hike!!! More details, please. Length of trip, what equipment was rented, why was the lake closed, how far away from the lake were you allowed to camp, how was the fishing, etc. Thanks John!
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:11 pm

DaveK wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:15 pm
WOW!!!!

What a fantastic hike!!! More details, please. Length of trip, what equipment was rented, why was the lake closed, how far away from the lake were you allowed to camp, how was the fishing, etc. Thanks John!

Thanks, Dave. We spent four nights in the wilderness and hiked a little over 25 miles on this trip. The trailhead is just outside of Independence, CA.

Kings Canyon National Park is a national park in the southern Sierra Nevada. Originally established in 1890 as General Grant National Park, it was greatly expanded and renamed to Kings Canyon National Park on March 4, 1940. Its namesake, Kings Canyon, is a rugged glacier-carved valley more than a mile deep; the park also includes multiple 14,000-foot peaks, high mountain meadows, swift-flowing rivers, and some of the world's largest stands of giant sequoia trees.

You could camp as close to the water as you wanted on established sites and the fishing was great, although all the fish were on the small size. They were tasty though. The water flowing right out of the mountains also tasted better than any bottled water I’ve ever had.

I’m not sure why there’s no camping allowed at that particular lake. Camping is limited to one night at each of the Rae Lakes and two at Kearsarge Lakes.

Bears are very active along this trail, and can be successful at getting food that is hung in trees. Hikers are required to carry portable bear-resistant canisters which are available for sale or rent at several locations in the parks, or from US Forest Service offices. I never wandered out at night without my .357 on my hip. However, we only ever saw bear poop.

I can say there’s a big difference between hiking my local trails and hiking above 10’000 feet elevation. Although I felt better after the first day, I never felt quite right. Next time I stay at high altitude for an extended time, I’ll have my doctor prescribe me something for it.
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Post by Voodoo Blue 57 » Tue May 01, 2018 7:11 am

Great write up and great pictures.

I noticed a couple of your pictures are sideways. I found for some reason some of my pictures post sideways even though they are correctly displayed on my computer. If I use the rotate button on these pictures to rotate the picture 180 degrees on my computer and then repost, it then posts correctly. It does not make sense since the pictures orientation did not change. It probably is a glitch in the upload program.

Hope this helps in the future.

Thanks for sharing!

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Post by BorregoWrangler » Thu May 03, 2018 6:02 pm

Voodoo Blue 57 wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 7:11 am
Great write up and great pictures.

I noticed a couple of your pictures are sideways. I found for some reason some of my pictures post sideways even though they are correctly displayed on my computer. If I use the rotate button on these pictures to rotate the picture 180 degrees on my computer and then repost, it then posts correctly. It does not make sense since the pictures orientation did not change. It probably is a glitch in the upload program.

Hope this helps in the future.

Thanks for sharing!

Phil

Thanks. I usually post from my phone. I'll get on a computer and see if I can fix it.
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Thu May 03, 2018 6:21 pm

#50 Lucky 5 Ranch to Pedro Fages Monument Loop via PCT
9.5 miles | +900'

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I felt like a feather on the trail with my day pack after backpacking the sierras last week. I hiked a new 9.5 mile route which looped together several trails. Starting at the Lucky 5 Ranch trailhead along Sunrise Highway I trekked north along the PCT, which offered sweeping views of Oriflamme Canyon to the east. In the distance I could see the bumpy trail I've often traversed with my Jeep heading down towards the desert floor below. Much of this land is actually one of the higher elevation areas of Anza-Borrego.

Eventually my hiking route comes to a junction with the California Riding & Hiking Trail and San Diego Trans-County Trail. Swinging south along a meadow that soon frames Lake Cuyamaca in the distance, I cross the highway to pick up the La Cima Trail, then the Sunrise Trail back to Luck 5 Ranch. It feels good to be out hiking San Diego's backcountry again.
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Thu May 03, 2018 6:26 pm

#51 Rim Trail
4 miles | +500'

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Breaking in some new hiking shoes and catching the sunset from the far west side of Mission Trails Regional Park along the easy going 4 mile Rim Trail.
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Thu May 03, 2018 6:29 pm

#52 Cowles Mountain
3 miles | +900'

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You cannot scale a mountain in a single step; however, you can take on the challenge one step at a time. The same is true of most obstacles you face in life, no matter how mountainlike they might seem to be. Just take it one step at a time.
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Thu May 03, 2018 6:35 pm

#53 Table Mountain & Squaw T.I.T.
4 miles | +935'

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Taking in views of Anza Borrego from Table Mountain, north of Jacumba. I've been exploring this area for years but this was my first ascent to the high point. It's one of my favorites now!

The Jacumba Mountains have an interesting geological history which includes lots of volcanic activity. I hiked out to Table Mountain, which was a special place for Kumeyaay Indians who called it the "island in the sky". They considered the mountain sacred. I also scrambled up Squaw 000, a small volcanic outburst atop one of Table Mountain's plateaus.
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Post by BorregoWrangler » Fri May 04, 2018 6:38 am

#54 Carrizo Gorge Railroad Camp Ruins Exploration
3 miles | +1260'

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One of the railroad campsites we found in Carrizo Gorge. Not much is left of Marsh Brothers and Gardenier's Camp Number 3. The bottom photo was taken on July 25, 1918. The top was taken September 24, 2017. Construction workers were housed and fed at these camps while building the railroad tunnels.

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Further down Carrizo Gorge we found the site of Young and Crook's Camp 1. The bottom photo dates back to 1917. The slope's gradient was too steep to build closer to the tracks.

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This was certainly one of the more difficult 3 mile hikes I've ever done... cross country, steep cactus-covered slopes with loose dirt, rocks, scree, and stabby branches. Our goal was to explore some of the construction camps that helped build the “impossible” San Diego and Arizona Railway, constructed between 1907 and 1919 along the rugged Carrizo Gorge. At the time, many people were convinced that it couldn't be done, but John D. Spreckels didn't rest until it was completed on November, 1919 at a cost of $18 million. Our adventure involved a bit of off-highway driving to a somewhat remote trail head overlooking the gorge. We wanted to avoid walking along the tracks as much as possible... all the stickers and spines in our shoes and socks can attest to this. It also allowed us to spot some mountain lion tracks heading up a gully on our way out.
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