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HikeMilesVerticalTimeRating
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
Arnot Peak
11.0
2505
6:55
9
Fantastic views of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness, provided you're willing to work for it going cross-country.
Heiser and Bull Run Lakes
7.8
2120
10:24
8
A 3-day backpacking trip to little Heiser Lake and beautiful Bull Run Lake in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
Folger Peak
2.4
1150
3:16
8
Great views for not much effort.
Hiram Peak
2.4
1110
2:52
8
Views that are better than from Folger Peak, but slightly more difficult.
Duck Lake
3.3
520
3:07
7
A walk up a short climb through the forest, then down to pretty frozen Duck Lake.
Asa Lake
4.2
585
2:24
6
Get eaten alive by mosquitoes.
Highland Lakes Trip
[trip report]
A great 3-day Sierra trip with a great campground right next to beautiful Upper Highland Lake. Includes day hikes to Asa Lake, Folger Peak, Hiram Peak, and Arnot Peak.
John Muir Wilderness
South Lake to Long Lake
4.2
1060
4:55
9
Great hike through the snow past aspens near South Lake to beautiful Long Lake.
Lake Sabrina To Blue Lake
6.1
1460
7:27
9
Heart Lake
2.8
440
4:22
9
A short hike through a beautiful valley past two gorgeous lakes to a third gem and a view of beautiful snow-covered mountains in the distance.
Ruby Lake
4.0
1020
6:06
8
Deceptively short but tough hike through the snow to a nice lake with great views of the surrounding area along the way. Probably much easier in the summer.
Lower Lamarck Lake
5.4
2010
6:33
8
Deceptively short but tough hike through the snow to a nice lake with great views of the surrounding area along the way. Probably much easier in the summer.
North Lake to Grass Lake
4.4
870
4:44
8
Corbett Lake
6.3
1660
4:16
7
A moderate climb up to a 9000+ foot elevation alpine lake, with a good chance at solitude.
McGee Canyon
3.5
720
4:14
7
A gradual climb up the canyon with aspens lining the creek on the left, majestic mountains rising in front.
Arrowhead and Skelton Lakes
3.5
900
3:56
7
Easy hike to a couple of nice alpine lakes.
Rock Creek
3.5
430
3:11
6
A snowshoe hike parallel to Rock Creek.
Kaiser Wilderness
Twin Lakes
7.9
1400
5:43
8
A pretty climb up to Potter Pass, then a visit to small Lower Twin Lake and beautiful Upper Twin Lake. Wildflowers, meadows, and lakes, what more could you ask for?
Nellie Lake
9.0
1940
6:15
7
A moderate climb up to Nellie Lake, just under 9000 feet elevation.
Other Eastern Sierra
North Lake to South Lake
[Eastern Sierra Nevada ]
58.4
10410
47:19
10
A 7-day, 58-mile classic Sierra backpacking trip from North Lake to South Lake.
Mt. Whitney Trail Crest
[Inyo National Forest]
17.0
5416
19:40
9
Leavitt Meadows to Virginia Lakes
[Eastern Sierra Nevada ]
75.9
14540
59:16
8
An 8-day, 76-mile backpacking trip from Leavitt Meadows (highway 108) to Virginia Lakes (near Highway 395), starting and ending in the Hoover Wilderness but with large portions in northeastern Yosemite.
Crystal Lake
[Inyo National Forest]
2.6
850
5:04
8
A short hike with a fair amount of climbing to a beautiful alpine like, with great views of Lake George below.
TJ Lake
[Inyo National Forest]
1.8
410
2:55
8
A short hike starting at one beautiful alpine lake, and stopping at two more.
Convict Lake
[Inyo National Forest]
3.6
420
4:32
7
A loop hike along the shore of Convict Lake, exploring the aspens at the far end of the lake.
TJ Lake
[Inyo National Forest]
1.8
380
1:31
7
A short hike starting at one beautiful alpine lake, and stopping at two more.
Second Falls
[Big Pine Creek ]
2.4
750
4:47
7
A hike along a creek with two rushing waterfalls and a glimpse of the Palisades.
Parker Lake
[Ansel Adams Wilderness]
3.8
620
3:41
7
A short hike to a beautiful alpine lake.
Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls
[Devils Postpile National Monument]
3.5
680
3:20
7
A short hike past impressive displays of columnar basalt, through a burned-out forest, and a stop at a roaring waterfall.
South Tufa Reserve
[Mono Lake]
1.0
25
0:45
7
A short walk amongst the tufa formations of Mono Lake.
McLeod Lake
[Inyo National Forest]
1.0
330
1:03
7
A very short hike to a beautiful alpine lake.
Sherwin Lakes
[Inyo National Forest]
5.8
970
4:21
7
A moderate hike with steady climbing up to an alpine lake; nothing spectacular, but close to the town of Mammoth Lakes.
Glass Flow Trail System
[Inyo National Forest]
1.7
150
2:38
5
An easy snowshoe hike on groomed cross-country trails to nowhere in particular.
Eastern Sierra Fall 2010
[trip report]
A 4-day fall trip to the eastern Sierra Nevada for some great lake hikes and fall color.
Eastern Sierra Trip
[trip report]
My first real visit to the Eastern Sierra. Three short day hikes and some nice drives.
Eastern Sierra Trip Winter 2010
[trip report]
A five-day winter trip to the Eastern Sierra with two snowshoe hikes and a visit to pretty Convict Lake.
Eastern Sierra Fall 2011
[trip report]
A 4-day fall trip to the eastern Sierra Nevada with some hikes through some early snow and not much color.
Eastern Sierra Fall 2009
[trip report]
A 4-day fall trip to the eastern Sierra Nevada for some short hikes and fall color.
2005 Mammoth Lakes Trip
[trip report]
Two short day hikes to pretty alpine lakes, and some fall foliage.
Eastern Sierra Fall 2012
[trip report]
A 4-day fall trip to the eastern Sierra Nevada with two hikes to some pretty lakes, along with a fall color drive.
Eastern Sierra Trip 2009
[trip report]
A 10-day trip to the eastern Sierra Nevada, featuring 7 great hikes, 6 of them to one or more beautiful alpine lakes.
2013 Eastern Sierra Trip Report
[trip report]
Tioga Pass / Saddlebag Lake Area
Steelhead Lake
[Hoover Wilderness ]
2.9
440
4:38
10
A hike through an amazing series of beautiful alpine lakes backed by snow-covered mountains, the only downside being the hordes of other hikers.
Tioga Lake
[Inyo National Forest ]
1.2
70
1:58
8
A short hike along the peaceful western shore of beautiful Tioga Lake starting from the campground, with Mount Dana behind it.
Gardisky Lake
[Inyo National Forest ]
1.5
840
4:52
8
A short but very steep hike through the forest to a beautiful alpine lake below Tioga Peak.
Shell Lake
[Inyo National Forest ]
2.7
620
4:56
7
A short hike past an old mining site (with a couple of structures to be explored) to a quiet alpine lake.
Other
Emigrant Wilderness
[Emigrant Wilderness]
24.0
4195
21:42
9
Emigrant Wilderness 2012
[Emigrant Wilderness]
47.0
7500
42:18
8
A 6-day, 47-mile backpacking trip in the Emigrant Wilderness including a dozen lakes.
Lakes Basin Loop
[Plumas National Forest]
3.3
535
3:00
8
Sierra Buttes
[Tahoe National Forest]
5.2
1715
4:01
8
Eureka Peak
[Plumas-Eureka State Park]
3.0
1230
4:58
7
Steep hike up to a peak above a pretty lake.
Lake Alpine
[Stanislaus National Forest]
2.7
200
3:07
6
A short out-and-back hike along the southeastern shore of frozen Alpine Lake.
Sand Pond Interpretive Trail
[Tahoe National Forest]
1.2
80
2:13
6
Short stroll to a crowded swimming hole.
Indian Pools
[Sierra National Forest]
1.6
140
1:30
6
An easy stroll along a creek to some pretty pools.
Rancheria Falls (Sierra National Forest)
[Sierra National Forest]
1.6
230
1:19
6
A short hike to a 150-foot high waterfall.
Huntington Lake Trip 2013
[trip report]
A 5-day camping trip to Huntington Lake (in the Sierra Nevada between Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon), with day hikes in the area to lakes, pools, and a waterfall.
Bear Valley Winter 2011
[trip report]
A 4 day trip to the Bear Valley area, hoping for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, but settling for a couple short hikes because of lack of snow.
Lakes Basin Trip
[trip report]
Lakes Basin 2007 Trip
[trip report]
A 4-day 3-night car camping trip with one peak hike, one short lake hike, and one hike cut short by weather.



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