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    Erik Carlow followed Rad Beauton

    over 1 year ago

    Erik Carlow followed Lance Gerber

    over 1 year ago

    Erik Carlow completed Mount Shasta Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Erik Carlow reviewed Mount Shasta Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Fun time had by all. 9 hours of uphill snow and scree from horse camp to the summer, 3 hours of (mostly glissading) downhill. Would probably be quicker earlier in the season; snow was very soft once sun came up.

    Erik Carlow reviewed Triple Summit Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Great loop of three peaks in Mt Diablo State Park. Did this one after/during a storm in March 2017. There were traces of snow down to 2200ft and was snowing off and on all day above 2400ft. I have done portions of this trail in both winter and summer, and taking the ridgeline up seems to be the best route. The fire roads get tiresome, but the ridgeline paths are varied and bushwhacky enough to keep things interesting, with views to boot. The trails are steep, but well worth it, especially on the rare occurrence it snows.

    Erik Carlow updated Triple Summit Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Erik Carlow reviewed Valley / Woodward / Coast / Sky / Meadow Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    14 mile hike with only moderate incline/decline for a third of the trail. Starts off on a fire road along a stream surrounded by ferns, then follows along coastal cliffs with two opportunities to go down to the beach (one has a waterfall), then climbs 1000 ft or so giving great views of Bodega Bay before dropping back down to Bear Valley trail 0.8 miles from the end of the hike.

    Erik Carlow reviewed East Ridge / Pool Ridge Short Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    A nice, short loop that spends most of the way either gaining or losing elevation. The trail is wide, soft and well-shaded the entire way. Despite the shade, the steep (15%-ish) uphills made for warm work despite it being November and wearing shorts. There is a small waterfall as you descend the East Ridge. Cross the picnic area (or stop for lunch) before you head up a decent number of switchback on the Pool Ridge Trail. Upon reaching the ridge, the trail drops almost immediate down more switchback. While these switchback initially will appear to be taking you further north (if you're going counter-clockwise) , they eventually drop you down to a flat trail section that runs southward along a stream (only a trickle in November). This trail eventually spits you out near the Colonel Armstrong Tree, a relatively large (and old) redwood. It is also worthwhile to make the 2 minute walk to the amphitheater before taking the paved road back to the Visitor Center.

    Erik Carlow completed East Ridge / Pool Ridge Short Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow reviewed Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Used this as a warm-up for Whitney while camping two nights in Onion Valley. Steep-ish trail and a bit of a bushwack until you get to the talus pile. We actually followed a false-trail too far up the talus/scree slope. The trail crosses the stream near the top of the obvious waterfall.

    The lake north of Golden Trout lake actually had more fish, my buddy's only catch of the day was on his second cast. The loop portion of this route requires an off-trail class 2/3 scramble down granite with some decent exposure. We were glad the rain started after we got off this section.

    Having no luck at Golden Trout Lake and with the rain picking up, we booked it back down to Onion Valley, and were able to out-pace the clouds. Decent little hike to get in some extra elevation and get the heart rate up if your acclimating in the area.

    Erik Carlow completed Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow updated Golden Trout Lake Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    about 2 years ago

    I did the main trail with a few friends over two days in August 2016. 22 miles and high elevation make this one tough. We spent a day and a half hiking/camping in Onion Valley to adjust to the elevation. Before I get into my (verbose) full experience, I must say the main trail is one of the best designed, built, and maintained trails I have ever been on; the craftsmanship was very impressive.
    We drove up to Whitney Portal and hit the trail by 8:30 in the morning. Climbing up the initial switchbacks, things got hot quick despite the trees. We found ourselves dipping our hats in the cold streams to beat the heat. Shorts would have been the way to go, as mosquitoes were absent.
    Mirror Lake turned out to be a great place to stop for lunch and filter some water, as it sits just below the tree line. After refueling, we pushed on to Trail Camp to search for a spot for the night. Luckily, it was early afternoon and most sites were empty. At one point, we were the only ones there. We chose a couple sites on the elevated rock outcropping just to the north. Many of the best spots had discarded WAG bags (shame on those people!), but we found a sandy spot with some protection from the wind and sun. After setting up camp, we make a short side-hike to the lakes that flow into the tarn at Trail Camp.
    Tired from the 6 miles uphill and wanting to get an early start, we hit the sack just after the sun went behind the wall. Sleep was difficult at 12,000 from the cold, as my face was exposed in my bag/bivy combo (which also led to a 1AM bloody nose, fun). My two friends who shared a tent said they were nice and toasty.
    We got up in the dark and started up the 99 switchbacks (which people were coming down all thought the night) around 5AM. About an hour before sunrise, we were able to travel without headlamps. There was still water (and black ice) crossing the switchbacks. We didn't quite make it to trail crest by sunrise, but it was still spectacular from the east-facing switchbacks. The intense power of the sun at this elevation had us stripping off our jackets shortly after sunrise.

    At the trail crest, the wind picked up a little, which made me glad I brought gloves. After a short downhill section (which means uphill on the way back), the rocky trail climbs “gently” all the way to the summit. The “windows” you pass aren’t really scary (which means something coming from me); the trail is plenty wide. Just try not to stumble while you take in the view like I did. There was one small section of well-trampled snow/ice which was easily traversed. As you turn right toward the summit, the trail gets steep again, but I was pleasantly surprised how quickly the hut came into view.
    We summited around 9AM and stayed about 45 minutes, as winds were light (but still cold). While coming back across the massif, we noticed that a new boulder (4ft diameter) had fallen onto the trail, yikes! Half the group scrambled up Mt. Muir (I abstained, not being fond of sheer drop-offs); I was able to see their small figures standing on the summit from trail crest. The 99 switchbacks seem to take much longer on the way back down, but we finally made it to camp.
    After lunch and foot bandaging at camp, we packed up our gear, filled our water and headed down. Coming down later in the day than we went up really made me wish I had packed shorts. Even getting below the tree line seemed not to make much of a difference. We hustled down the mountain, but the final switchbacks seemed to take forever. Even when we could see the road or the parking lot, we still had a ways to go. Then, finally around 5PM, we were down! High-fives were given and WAG bags were disposed of. All that was left to do was put on shorts and flip-flops and hit the store for a bacon cheeseburger.

    Feet rested up, we hobbled to the car and headed down to lone pine campground (unbearably hot until the sun goes behind the sierras) where we had celebratory (and muscle relaxing) libations and stargazed. Great end to a great trip.

    Erik Carlow added Via Use Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Erik Carlow added Leavitt Peak

    over 2 years ago