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Charity Valley West Trail Alpine County Hiking

Charity Valley West to Charity Valley East/Burnside Lake Junction 6 miles round trip-moderate Do not make the mistake that you can find the Charity Valley West trailhead with just the general knowledge of where it is located on Blue Lakes Road.  I have already made that mistake for you. My first attempt had me in the general area for about an hour, and despite checking a number of turnouts and back roads, I missed the trailhead by only a few hundred feet.  However, the following day, I went back better prepared. Having looked at a satellite image of the...

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Vernal Falls and the Mist Trail

Vernal Falls and the Mist Trail The Mist Trail Your Title Goes Here Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings. Click Here The Mist Trail and Vernal Falls is one of the most popular trails in Yosemite National Park.  Accessed via Yosemite Valley and the John Muir Trail throngs of visitors visit the trail annually to catch a glimpse at one of the...

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May Lake Yosemite National Park

A popular and picturesque Yosemite Lake location highlighted by Mt Hoffmann and a panoramic view of the Clouds Rest and Tioga Road regions of the Park. Great to visit any time of the year that Tioga Road is open. The 2.5 mile one way hike has a climb of 500 feet to May Lake; 2,000 feet to Mt. Hoffmann. Visiting in Early Spring will often give you a frozen lake with several water cascades coming of Mt Hoffman on the North-side of the lake. May Lake – Yosemite National Park Top Hikes Parking is limited for this trailhead so...

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Exploring and Playing at Loon Lake and the Crystal Basin

The Crystal Basin Recreational Area is home to a full menu of tremendous recreation.  Camping, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Hunting, Fishing, Off Road 4xe4 OHV, Boating etc.. It is all in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area.  Part of the Upper American River hydroelectric system this beautiful natural space is open to the public and ready to be explored! Crystal Basin was one of our earliest partnerships for the public good. The recreational facilities are the joint vision of SMUD and the U.S. Forest Service. Started in 1957 and constantly improved, Crystal Basin today is nothing short of spectacular, a true gem in...

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Desolation Wilderness Recreation Guide

Desolation Wilderness Recreation GuideWelcome to Desolation Wilderness, 63,960 acres of sub-alpine and alpine forest, granite peaks, and glacially-formed valleys and lakes.  It is located west of Lake Tahoe and north of Highway 50 in El Dorado County. Our Most Recent Desolation Adventure Destination Reviews Exploring and Playing at Loon Lake and the Crystal Basin Backpacking Trails, Camping, Desolation Wilderness, Family Friends Hikes, Fishing, Sierra Hiking Trails & Experiences Desolation Wilderness Recreation Guide Backcountry Fishing, Backpacking Trails, Camping, Desolation Wilderness, Sierra Hiking Trails & Experiences, Wilderness Hikes Toem Lake ~ Desolation Wilderness Backcountry Fishing, Backpacking Trails, Desolation Wilderness, Wilderness Hikes Desolation Wilderness,...

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Avalanche and Pitt Lakes ~ Desolation Wilderness

Of the thousands of visitors to Pyramid Creek Recreational Area each season, The majority of visitors miss out on the stunning beauty of Avalanche and Pitt Lakes which lie at the top Horsetail falls, some 1900 feet above where they parked their cars.  Avalanche and Pitt Lakes are great backpack locations and are often visited by day trip fisherman in the summer, but most visitors only wonder what sits up top of Horsetail Falls, One of the tallest Waterfalls in California. Shortly after ascending the crumbled rock bluff adjacent to the falls visitors who brave the trek are greeted...

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Nobel Lake Hike Via Nobel Canyon

Nobel Lake Trail is accessed off HWY 4 in Alpine County entering into the Carson Iceberg Wilderness. “Life is a journey and not a destination” –Dr. Lynn H. Hough 10 – 10.5 miles round trip- Rated Moderate Hike  Sierra Rec Trail Review – By Tom Trelenberg – Looking for a hike with diverse landscape including forest, high Sierra volcanic terrain, bristlecone pines, creek crossings and vista views. You might enjoy the journey of this classic Carson Iceberg Wilderness hike. Below is a snap shot of my first visit to Nobel Lake and the exploration / journey I had to...

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A Great Day Hike To North Dome In Yosemite National Park

A Great Day Hike or Backpack Adventure to North Dome Are you making a Bucket list of Hikes you wish to complete in Yosemite?  Or maybe looking for a great day hike adventure for the family? Then take our advice and add North Dome to that list of must-do hikes in Yosemite National Park. Then take our advice and add North Dome to that list of must-do hikes in Yosemite National Park. There are prettier hiking trails with better on trail views in Yosemite National Park, however, you will be very hard pressed to find a location with the...

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Meiss Lake and Meadow

Meiss Lake and Meiss Meadow, a great day trip & place to explore. Meiss Meadow is located off the PCT and TRT in the South Lake Tahoe Region. Referred to as Meiss Country, the Meiss Family used this area as Cattle Farmers and the summer ranch cabin and barn are still standing near the junction of the Tahoe Rim Trail and the PCT. Meiss Lake is a shallow mountain lake that offers a warmer chest deep swimming experience to summer hikers.  Located Just South of Round Lake off the Tahoe Rim Trail. Meiss Lake and Meadow are easily accessed through...

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Showers Lake – A Great Day Hike or Backpack Trip

Showers Lake Recreational Area Showers Lake is described as one of the prettiest Lakes in the Lake Tahoe Basin. It, therefore, is also one of the favorite locations for local backpackers and Lake Tahoe visitors  along with a preferred destination for spring & summer wildflowers hikes Showers Lake can be accessed by three different trail starts but is recommended to be accessed at the Carson Pass Trail Head for the easiest access point. Located on the PCT, Showers lake is a great day hike from Carson Pass at 5.1 miles (feels shorter) this day hike from the Carson pass includes two hills...

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20 Lakes Basin Hike

20 Lakes Basin Location: Located Behind saddlebag Lake off Tioga Pass – elevation 10,ooo plus feet Route:  8 Miles Plus Moderate Rocky trail Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Fishing, Photography, Backcountry skiing How To Get to 20 Lakes Basin:  Travel up HWY 120  (Tioga Pass out of Lee Vining) about 10 miles, take Saddlebag Lake Recreational turn off North. (Road partly paved, part dirt., Most vehicles can make it back to lake) Park at Saddlebag Lake Recreational Parking. Toilets available, Bear Box Available. West Rout Cross Dam for the trailhead,  Eastern Route follow Road.  1.5 Miles around Saddlebag Lake to the 20 Lakes...

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Exploring PG&E Recreational Lakes Near Blue Lakes in Alpine County Ca

The Blue Lakes and Blues Lakes Recreational Camping Area off HWY 88 in Alpine County is a very popular destination for local and regional campers in the summer.  In the Winter this area is only accessible by snowmobile or cross-country skiing. This set of PG&E managed lakes/reservoirs are part of the California water & power system but provide some of our favorite day trip recreation in the central Sierra and Lake Tahoe region. A trip down Blue Lakes Hwy, located a few miles south of the Hwy 88 and Hwy 89 interchange headed toward Kirkwood, is a very scenic representation of the...

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