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Skiing the Yosemite Border from June Lake to Badger Pass

Skiing the Yosemite Border from June Lake to Badger Pass

“Which way is it?” I tipped my head up towards the wall that loomed just west of the parking lot. “Ok.” She shook her head. I felt a bit guilty…

Trans-Sierra ski trek: “The Mountains Let Us Through”

Trans-Sierra ski trek: “The Mountains Let Us Through”

Setting out under heavy packs near the gateway town of Lee Vining, we knew the day ahead would test our strength. Sixteen miles separated us from our first destination, the…

Snowy destinations abound in wintry Yosemite

Snowy destinations abound in wintry Yosemite

As we gazed over Tuolumne Meadows and countless snowy pinnacles, we saw not a soul and scarcely a sign that people had ever been there. It was hard to believe…

Favorite five Tahoe backpacking trips

Favorite five Tahoe backpacking trips

Here is a subjective list of the best introductory overnight backpacking trips in Tahoe but, be forewarned, all of these involve significant elevation gain even if the mileage is relatively…

Ebbetts Pass: “pleasurable and memorable”

Ebbetts Pass: “pleasurable and memorable”

Some of my best trips have been the result of aborted expeditions and the thereafter. Such was our late autumn hike to to Kinney Lake. Our original plan was to…

Hiking Lembert Dome

Hiking Lembert Dome

Take this fairly short and gentle hike to a novel perch atop a granite giant that commands an inspiring view of Tuolumne Meadows. Though the slanted traverse across granite may…

Journey through time on forgotten Yosemite road

Journey through time on forgotten Yosemite road

Dawn arrived on a clear and chilly day, revealing a gentle stream, wooded hills and a dirt road that extends beyond the horizon. From this spot beside Bower Cave in…

Rafting the Tuolumne: “Each visit here changes your life forever”

Rafting the Tuolumne: “Each visit here changes your life forever”

As we headed towards a raging Clavey Falls, I took a deep breath and gripped my paddle with white knuckles. During the biggest runoff in a decade on the Tuolumne…

Flip’d Out: “total yumminess!”

Flip’d Out: “total yumminess!”

Stanislaus National Forest in Arnold is a great escape for some camping, hiking and lake-swimming fun. After a quiet drive through the country on Highway 4, you drive into…

How the other half lives in Yosemite

How the other half lives in Yosemite

When my wife and I carried our bags down the red carpet into a plush lobby, I could still hardly believe it. In all the years we had visited Yosemite…