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    Katherine Griffith reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Completed in one day on the 19th. We started at 3am. There were no online reservations available for camping at Whitney Portal but we drove up anyways to see. There were plenty of walk in sites available as well as one-night only camping next to the overnight parking which was perfect. Make sure you bring tags for anything you leave in the bear boxes.

    Hiking in the dark on the trail was incredibly easy and fun. You look up and see a line of headlights but can’t see anything else. It’s nice to not be able to see the elevation you have to climb up and made it go by quicker but at the same time I know we were missing the beautiful scenery.

    Once we hit trail camp, it got COLD. Like the other posts, our camelback straws froze and so did our filtration system so we were very appreciate of the people that lent us their help. We kept one straw in our jackets to keep it warm and switched straws out when the other froze. We used micro spikes on the way up and down when there was snow. It made us feel comfortable and it I didn’t have them, we would have turned around. In fact, we passed multiple people who turned around because they didn’t have micro spikes but we all may be just a novice group of hikers.

    The last 2 miles were the hardest. It took us 3 hours due to putting on and taking off microspikes and scrambling up parts of the trail.

    Overall, a great hike! Completely doable, you just need to be prepared for the worst and want it enough.

    Katherine Griffith completed Skyline Trail

    10 months ago

    Katherine Griffith reviewed Skyline Trail

    10 months ago

    Katherine Griffith reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail

    10 months ago

    Katherine Griffith completed Dinkey Lakes Trail

    10 months ago

    Katherine Griffith reviewed Goat Mountain Trail

    10 months ago

    Perfect Sunday hike. Subtract .4 miles from our total due to initially missing the initial right turn up the hill. There was a lot of snow going uphill but was not difficult to walk through and most had melted on our return down the hill. I would rate this hike as easy due to the very gradual climb out to the watch tower. 10.3 total.

    Katherine Griffith added Amazing hike

    10 months ago

    Katherine Griffith saved Powers Peak

    10 months ago

    Katherine Griffith reviewed Duck Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This is, by far, one of the best hikes/backpacking trips we have taken. We picked this trail because it was pet-friendly and not too far for the dog. We made it to Pika Lake in about 3 hours. There are plenty of places for the dogs to drink out of ponds and streams and lakes. Although it is uphill for most of the way out, it really wasn't that bad. We passed a lot of day hikers with dogs, trail runners and some
    Horses. There are very few campsights at Duck Lake so we went to Pika Lake about a mile further. There are a lot of sights at Pika Lake, some near the water and some tucked away in the forest just up from the trail.

    Katherine Griffith saved Mono Creek

    over 1 year ago

    Katherine Griffith saved Chittenden Lake

    over 1 year ago

    Katherine Griffith saved Ten Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago