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John Muir Trail: Lessons from a first time thru-hike

It was September 2010. Three friends and I decided to do something we’d never done before: backpack a segment of one of the United States’…

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A perfect view of May Lake on the return trip down from Mount Hoffman (day three)

Yosemite backpack: Glen Aulin, May Lake & Mount Hoffman 
3 days – 18.6 miles – 4537 ft.

The High Sierra Camps in Yosemite National Park are a much-sought after way to see the park’s mountainous backcountry without the trouble of carrying all…

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A narrow, windy trail along the spine of a ridge outcropping leads to the giant's nose

Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mtn.) East Trail 
4 miles – 1,200 feet

Nounou Mountain aka Sleeping Giant is one of the more popular hikes on the east shore of Kauai for good reasons. The hike is fairly…

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Yosemite: May Lake High Sierra Camp to Mt. Hoffman 
4.2 miles – 1677 feet

Red Rock Canyon: Turtlehead Peak 
7.5 miles – 2267 feet

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Wunderlich County Park Loop 
5.5 miles – 1153 ft.

Video: Beauty of Mono Lake and Mammoth High Country

Point Reyes: Arch Rock Loop 
11.7 miles – 1895 ft

Mono Lake: South Tufa and Navy Beach 
1.7 miles – 97 ft.

Inyo National Forest: McLeod Lake Loop 
less than 2 miles – 1025 ft.

Backpacker recipe: Israeli couscous, trail style