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    Brian Hayman reviewed Corkscrew Peak

    3 months ago

    This peak view is awesome, I took a modified route up and the traditional route back. It took a total of 4L of water and 6 hrs to complete. Not the highest in DV but the most loved. Expect class 2-3 on the way. Posting a pic of my modified route.

    Brian Hayman completed Corkscrew Peak

    3 months ago

    Brian Hayman added Corkscrew Peak DV

    3 months ago

    Brian Hayman saved Corkscrew Peak

    3 months ago

    Brian Hayman added star lake

    10 months ago

    Brian Hayman added stupid 2

    10 months ago

    Brian Hayman added stupid app

    10 months ago

    Brian Hayman reviewed Mount Gould Trail

    10 months ago

    My trip was an overnight starting at the Onion Valley trailhead, then on to Heart Lake for the night. The next day from Heart Lake to Kearsarg Pass at 11,758.

    The above route is nothing to galk at as each of those are also rated as hard but well worth the effort, as Heart Lake can only be reached by a 600ft climb up or down based on entry point.

    Once one reaches Kearsarg one heads up the incline increases via 1000 feet in half mile, then after circumventing the three false peaks one then reaches Gould at 13,005ft in three quarters of a mile.

    I have attached a picture of Gould taken from the third false peak just to show the peak. While the third false peak is only 12,995ft but is not as technically challenging as Gould.

    The peak will yeld some of the majestic views one can only achieve by climbing to such heights.

    To Each Hiker is Their Own!

    Brian Hayman completed Mount Gould Trail

    10 months ago

    Brian Hayman added lake

    11 months ago

    Brian Hayman saved Mount Gould Trail

    11 months ago

    Brian Hayman reviewed Kearsarge Pass Trail to Kearsarge Lakes

    11 months ago

    This trail is rated correctly as hard, One starts at Lone Pine to obtain the proper permits titled "Kearsarg Trail" then head to Independence, then all the way up Onion Valley. This is a very popular exit point for the PCT and the JMT so pay it forward and pick up some hiker trash.

    I modified the route to end at Lake Charlotte which is an additional 3.5 miles past Kearsarg peak. Which goes along the PCT and JMT for a short period. Once at the lake the views are stunning. There is also a ranger station at the lake. Camping is limited to two days only.

    Water: from the trail head water can be obtained at the first lake easily. If only going to the pass then three liters will be fine, if continuing water can then be obtained at the Kearsarg lakes I recommend two liters to make Lake Charlotte.

    Round trip is roughly 15.5 miles with a start elevation gain of 2369 from Onion Valley then on the return an elevation gain of 1390.

    To Each Hiker Is Their Own!

    Brian Hayman added first stop

    11 months ago

    Brian Hayman saved Olancha Peak

    11 months ago

    Brian Hayman added bmnt 9

    12 months ago

    Brian Hayman added loop

    12 months ago

    Brian Hayman added bmnt 9

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Hayman added Five Fingers Peak

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Hayman added bmnt 6

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Hayman reviewed Burro Schmidt's Tunnel Drive

    about 1 year ago

    Ok so this trail needs a real review as the skill level needed for this if driving a vehicle is seriously lacking. If trying to complete this in a 4x4 you will not make it. Part of it is closed to motorized vehicles from mile marker 6-8. The other issue is the amount of soft sand will be a real issue. Make sure you travel with another vehicle this is not a solo route. I would only recommend an OHV for this trail because on the return the route is very narrow with steep inclines that would challenge even a motorbike.

    For the hiker this trail is very nice as it gradually increases in elevation gain. At mile 7 the incline rises very quickly and drops quickly presenting lots of PUDs (pointless ups and downs) until the end.

    Lastly start this early or late do not attempt from 11-4 as this is a very hot trail with no shade no water. I even recommend 4 liters of water at a minimum.

    I got off the trail early due to an injury.

    Brian Hayman completed Burro Schmidt's Tunnel

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Hayman added Burrow Schmidt Tunnel

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Hayman saved Last Chance Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Hayman added b mnt #6

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Hayman saved Chimney Peak Byway

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Hayman completed Smith Meadows

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Hayman reviewed Smith Meadows

    about 1 year ago

    I did the walking version of this trail, where the word trail is really road. The roads were closed so start point was Red Rock Ranger station also closed. The total mileage is 16.4 round trip. It is located about 15-20 miles away from Kennedy Meadows. One will need at a min in early spring 3 liters of water.

    For a trekker like me the elevation gains are gradual and easy the road walking is a bummer. The original pictures posted are not representative of the path the pictures I posted are. The route leads to a primitive campground.

    After further review the stated route needs to be expanded about another 1/2 mile to get to Smith Meadow. On foot at the end point the meadow is not visible.

    In route there are several meadows and flowing springs this is why I rated at three stars.