Two dark-eyed juncos eye me as I consider a dip in Puppet Lake. They were the bird I saw the most of, except maybe the Clark’s nutcrackers, which have a sorta annoyingly shrill and verbose alert call. I prefer the finch-like juncos, which were quiet, almost trusting, and playful.
The Sierra High Route wasn’t all rocks and alpine lakes – it was also rocks and trees! Trees eating rocks! And a good chunk of this section was on well-established trail. I struggled with my feelings about this. The trails bring civilization back far into the woods, though they do definitely make walking easier. As… continue reading
Sierra High Route designer Steve Roper wrote, “The descent from Stanton Pass can prove tricky if the hiker does not find the easiest possible route.” This class 2-3 descent had me up worrying most the night before. Would I be able to make it? The top is a razor’s edge, and up there is a… continue reading