Rampart Lakes

There's a series of three lakes in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, just south of Yosemite National Park. They lie just below the sheer, jagged peaks of The Minarets. Minaret Lake, the southernmost of these, and the most easily accessible from the town of Mammoth Lakes, is one of my favorite places on earth. Pictures of … Continue reading Rampart Lakes

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Mt Rainier Day Hiking from Sunrise

The thing that gets me most about Mt Rainier is it's 'there-ness.' On clear day, the mountain hovers over Seattle like a lumpy white ghost, appearing unexpectedly as one comes over one of Seattle's hills or in between buildings, while crossing intersections. No matter how many times I see it, I find it impossible to … Continue reading Mt Rainier Day Hiking from Sunrise

Try and try again(and probably again)Trip Report -North Lake Loop – Piute Pass to Lamarck Col – July 6-9, 2015

I was an hour up the trail when it occurred to me that I might have gone the wrong way; instead of being on my way up to and over Lamarck Col, I might be heading up to Piute Pass. An hour of hiking should’ve been enough to come across Lower Lamarck Lake by now, and when … Continue reading Try and try again(and probably again)Trip Report -North Lake Loop – Piute Pass to Lamarck Col – July 6-9, 2015