Hiking Yosemite: Clouds Rest

At the end of August David and I visited Yosemite National Park for the first time ever (even though he lived in California for over a year and hadn’t gone before then COUGHstupidCOUGH).  While we were unsuccessful in the Half Dome permit lottery for all of the days we tried (darn you, thousands of other people trying to climb Half Dome!), our “consolation” hikes didn’t leave much to be upset about!  Continue reading

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Hiking Kings Canyon / Sequoia: Mitchell Peak

For the second and last hike of our quick weekend trip to Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks, I chose Mitchell Peak, a ~2000 feet of gain, ~6.4 mile round-trip hike to 360-degree unobstructed mountain views!  The road to get there, much like Monarch Lakes, was a bit of an adventure, though (seems to be a Sequoia / Kings Canyon theme?)!! Continue reading

Hiking Kings Canyon / Sequoia: Monarch Lakes

Hey y’all!  After my trip to Norway I was in California for a bit at the end of August (yes, I do have a job!) and squeezed in some great weekend excursions to Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks and Yosemite National Park.  The first hike to report is Monarch Lakes in Sequoia, a lovely, gentle hike to a tranquil high sierra lake.  The road to get there is decidedly less gentle and/or tranquil, though! Continue reading