Pinnacles, Not Lassen

Pinnacles

Pinnacles

David and I were really looking forward to spending this weekend snowcamping up at Lassen National Park. But the forecast wasn’t cooporating, and we’ve had enough of driving through bad weather this winter. It isn’t so much the camping out in the snow that is annoying (actually, that’s the fun part), it’s the driving through the mountains when the weather is bad that is the problem.

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Woods Lake with TrailTalkers

Igloo

Igloo

We spent the weekend up in the snow at Wood’s Lake, near Carson Pass. Temperatures were colder than we usually encounter in the Sierra, but the great company, hot chocolate, and down layers kept us warm.

Although it was cold (7 degrees when I crawled into my sleeping bag on Saturday night), the weather was nice – fresh snow blanketed everything and the sun would come and go in between small squalls. The scenery was fantastic.

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Nine miles down, a couple hundred to go

We’ve just returned from a John Muir Trail send-off event. Our hiking buddy Paige and her daughter Taylor began their JMT adventure this weekend and we were lucky enough to join them on the first night. They’ll be on the trail for the next three weeks – unfortunately we only had one night to enjoy it. I sure wish I’d been able to head down the trail with them this morning instead of back to the car.

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Smith Peak overnight in Yosemite (south Hetch Hetchy region)

Smith Peak Views

Smith Peak Views

David and I just got back from a great overnight in Yosemite. Although Tioga road is slowly being cleared out there is still no overnight parking allowed, so most people are heading to the low country for backpacking right now. We decided to head there too, except we had a different trailhead in mind than the masses. The ranger at the Hetch Hetchy entrance said there were 60 people heading into Rancheria Falls, but no one heading in our way – toward Smith Peak on the south side of the reservoir.

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