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    Suriyan Ramasami updated Mission Peak hitting all 4 trail heads

    14 days ago

    Suriyan Ramasami updated Mission Peak hitting all 4 trail heads

    14 days ago

    Suriyan Ramasami updated Mission Peak hitting all 4 trail heads

    14 days ago

    Suriyan Ramasami updated Mission Peak hitting all 4 trail heads

    14 days ago

    Suriyan Ramasami updated Mission Peak hitting all 4 trail heads

    14 days ago

    Suriyan Ramasami updated Mission Peak hitting all 4 trail heads

    14 days ago

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed MissionPeak4Ways

    19 days ago

    Suriyan Ramasami updated MissionPeak4Ways

    19 days ago

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Heizer Trail

    9 months ago

    single track and enjoyable. Did it on Feb 18. Some sections had patchy snow. Normal trail shoes were enough.

    Suriyan Ramasami completed Heizer Trail

    9 months ago

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Desolation Wilderness 5 Peaks

    about 1 year ago

    Route Description:
    Park your car in the Ralston Peak Trail parking lot. We shall return via this path.
    Walk on US 50 (away from South Lake Tahoe which is the downhill direction. You will pass the Pyramid Creek Trail head (You can choose to fill up the wilderness permit here).
    Keep walking till you hit the Pyramid Peak - Rocky Canyon Trail trail head. There is no trail head here! Its marked as a big rock with faded white paint blotched on it. If you cross a stream then you have missed it. Check on alltrails.com on details on how to spot the trail head.
    Scramble up the rocks - about 15 feet and you should be on the trail.
    This trail is relatively easy to follow and its a use trail. For the first mile the stream will be on your left. After a mile the trail will cross the stream and then the stream will be on your right. The trail parallels this stream till there is no trace of it. At this point it will follow the lowest point in the topo map (valley) as it progresses upward leaving you to some boulders to traverse. There are cairns here to guide you, if need be. You will then have to scramble up the boulders to get to Pyramid Peak.
    There is no trail or signs from this point. You just walk the ridge to the next two peaks - Mount Agassiz and Price Peak. Note that one side might be less sloped than the other. If I remember correctly, the right side had sheer drops, whereas the left side was more gentle. Hence, pick an easier side to traverse it.
    After Price Peak, descend down to Mosquito pass which runs between Clyde Lake on the left and Lake Aloha to the right.
    Next climb up Jacks Peak and walk the ridge to Dicks Peak.
    From Dicks Peak there is a use trail with cairns in boulder areas to guide you to the PCT.
    Take the PCT all the way till you hit the Ralston Peak trail.
    Take the Ralston Peak trail all the way to the trail head and back to the car.

    Note: Roughly 10 miles is off trail and Class 2/Class 3 and hence progress is much slower. Time is well spent in route finding to get on top of the peaks which involve a bit of scrambling.
    There is no fee to park at the Ralston Peak trail head. A free wilderness permit is required for the day hike. You can get one at the Pacific Ranger District Ranger station in Pollock Pines. Alternatively you can fill the wilderness permits up in any major trail head. The Ralston Peak trail head is not considered major, as I did not see any place to self issue a wilderness permit. On the other hand, the Pyramid Creek trail head might have them.
    Carry gloves for the rock scrambling.

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Telescope Peak via Shorty's Well Route

    about 1 year ago

    This trail is very boring the first 8.7 miles. You will have to return via the same boring path. Hence, there is about 17.4 miles of boredom at the start and at the end. It is a 4x4 road which takes you into the canyon and these 8.7 miles climb slowly to about 3K feet. This is where the road ends. You will see a sign marking the route as closed to vehicular traffic beyond this point. The trail then continues into the canyon and you will be nicely surprised to hear the sounds of a spring. It is the Hanupah spring. I am not sure if its seasonal but it had quite a bit of water flow when I hiked. If you have trouble finding the "use trail", know that it skirts to the left of the canyon (almost hugging the base of the hill to the left. Obviously, it is to the left of the stream. If you keep at it this will lead up a slope to Shorty's mine. Do not continue up this route though. The hill which needs to be climbed and get to the ridge is on the other side of the canyon, to the right. The vegetation is quite thick at this point. There are some cairns marking the path up the initial part of the hill. Either you backtrack a bit and cross the stream and stay on the right side of the stream and hug the hill to its right till you see the cairns and gain the ridge, or you can just bush whack across from Shorty's mine.
    Gaining this ridge is a bit of scree and talus climb and can be tiresome and there is quite a bit of elevation gained here. Once you get to the ridge, its quite straight forward. Just walk the ridge all the way. I did this at night on a new moon, and had no problems. There is a use trail which will walk you through the whole way. Even if it doesn't just stay on the ridge. Its quite simple, scan left and right. If you are on the tallest point of the scan, you are on the ridge, and you are good to go.
    At around 7.4K feet you will hit the last mountain you have to traverse. It has a significant elevation gain and can get quite tiring, with the elevation effects kicking in as well. You will then hit the Telescope peak trail. From there follow this trail to the left and in 1.5 miles or so you will reach the peak.
    I have seen reports of people parking one car in Mahagony Flats (The Telescope Peak Trail starts from there), and hence on the return, follow the trail all the way to the trail head in Mahagony Flats and call it a day. I had no such luxury. I trudged all the way back to Shorty's well trail head, having to trudge the 8.7 miles of boring road at the end.
    For day hikes, you do not need to get any permits.
    If you are coming from the Bay Area, you will cross a town called "Searles". It is about 120 miles before the trail head. There are two gas stations here - a Shell and a Kwik. The gas price was similar to what it is in the Bay Area. These are not open 24 hours, but a good place to fill up. There is also a gas station in the town called "Furnace", which is about 20 miles before the trail head. The gas here is 50c pricier per gallon than in "Searles". This is also not open 24 hours. Hence, plan accordingly.

    Suriyan Ramasami completed Ralston Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Ralston Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I would recommend the Mount Tallac hike to this one. Also the distances are a bit skewed. At the trail head it lists it as one way 4.1 miles. I tracked about 3.8 miles one way - so much shorter than what is listed (Alltrails lists it at 3.2 miles one way which is a bit short than what it really is). The elevation gained also is about 2800 ft - a bit lower than what is listed in alltrails. The views from the top are excellent though.

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Mount Tallac Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I would recommend this to the Mount Ralston hike, as its prettier all along the route to the top. On a still day the reflection of the mountain on the ponds is postcard perfect.

    Suriyan Ramasami completed Mount Tallac Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Split Mountain via Red Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The road to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle. Driving a Honda Civic, the closest that I could get to trailhead was a good 4.3 miles away! (End of asphalt in Fuller road). I could never figure out the start of the trail and hence just climbed the hill till I saw something that resembled a trail. I again lost the trail after the small pond. Nonetheless it made the hike that much more interesting. Did it on Oct 14th as a day hike.
    There are too many use trails after Red lake to get to Split mountain. On the way back you will see the good ones :-)
    Just remember to come back to the correct ridge. There are use trails from the top which take you further down to the lake on the left (looking down) and possibly to the ridge on the left fork (looking down). We want to be on the right fork.

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Pyramid Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Did this on September 16. Check other posts for spotting the trailhead. Also note that the painted rock depicting the start of the trail can be difficult to spot at night. Also, this is not a white dot. It's a big rock with faded white paint splotched on it. The trailhead is just past the creek heading towards Lake Tahoe. The trail runs parallel to this creek almost all the way. The trail is not difficult to follow. For the first mile you are on the right side and parallel to the stream. Then you cross it and then the stream is to the light and the trail parallels it again. I could follow this trail at night and under headlamps. Once the stream disappears the trail follows the valley contour till it leads to the boulders etc and then there are lot of cairns to guide you. I did Pyramid Peak and went further - Mt Agassiz, Price Peak, Mosquito pass, Jacks Peak, Dicks Peak, Dicks pass, caught the PCT and headed back via Ralston Peak trail.

    Suriyan Ramasami completed Pyramid Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Longs Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Suriyan Ramasami added ClearCreekToShasta

    about 1 year ago

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Clear Creek Route to Mount Shasta

    about 1 year ago

    Did this on Aug 26, 2017. I couldn't get to the trailhead in my Honda Civic. After crossing 31, and right after another junction the road gets extremely sandy in places. I counted a total of 4 sandy patches to the trailhead from that point. However I did see.a Hyundai (normal passenger car) parked at the trailhead implying it's doable. I did not want to risk it. I parked at coordinates 46.30639, -122.09832. Waze takes you somewhere else for the Clear Creek Trailhead. Google maps was excellent for guidance. This made it a 20 mile R/T. I started at midnight and at 10400 ft encountered snow on the trail. I couldn't see how far the snow extended cause of night conditions. However, I went off trail as west (left) to skirt around the snow and head straight up. That worked except it makes it more difficult and then later I missed the switchbacks to the mushroom rock heading again straight up making it even more difficult. Note that none of the maps has the real switchbacks to the mushroom rock, but it's very visible in daylight. However all these made it a fun hike. I was the first to sign the register that day! On my way back I saw 4 more heading up and they were up from one of the Bolam routes.
    When I started there were many bats circling me around the headlight eating insects that attracted the light.

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Summit Lake, Horshoe Lake, Snag Lake, Cinder Cone, Twin Lakes, and Echo Lake loop

    about 1 year ago

    Very nice hike. Love the change in terrain and scenery. First it's the lakes from the "Cluster lakes". Then enter the devastated area and then suddenly it opens up with Cindercone in sight and the trail gets really sandy. Cindercone is a fun hike up and then to it's bottom.
    On the return leg after corral meadow and heading back towards Summit lake, there are quite some streams that need crossing. The first one is a big tree that you walk over to cross. There was one place where the stream is fast and one had to wade through its icy cold water! I walked barefoot the last 2 miles and it felt like a good foot massage!

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Brokeoff Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Very nice hike with change in terrain and flora. Lots of cicadas. Lots of queen ants at the top. What's with that? Much we're Hike than Lassen Peak

    Suriyan Ramasami completed Lassen Peak

    about 1 year ago

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Lassen Peak

    about 1 year ago

    Good short hike. I did this yesterday- Aug 18, 2017. Was surprised to find a cemented area at the peak where one can pitch a tent! Not much change in terrain. I think the Brokeoff Mountain Trail had a good amount of change in flora and terrain

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds

    over 1 year ago

    Did this on Aug 5 2017. Started at 1:30 am. Did it as a C2C2C that is from museum to San Jacinto peak and back to museum. It was hot when I started (90F) and hot when I returned (105F). Note that at the start once you are up 3 miles or about 3000 ft the temperatures are nice. I consumed about 6L water (electrolyte enhanced with Mg/Ca/K/Na + lime juice) the whole R/T. While coming down the last 5 miles are hot but bearable as there was some breeze and the mountain offers some shade. I did buy a perfume bottle for a dollar from the dollar store, filled it with water and used it as a mister - worked great for the last 5 miles on the way back.

    Suriyan Ramasami completed Brokeoff Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Suriyan Ramasami reviewed Brokeoff Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago