Eastern Sierra

2019 Deadlines for CA Backpacking Permits You Don't Want To Miss

2019 Deadlines for CA Backpacking Permits You Don't Want To Miss

Here is a list of 2019 deadlines and permit dates you won’t want to miss in order to book your California Sierra backpacking trip

Backpacking Minaret Lake — Mammoth, CA

Backpacking Minaret Lake — Mammoth, CA

Doable in a short weekend backpacking trip, Minaret Lake sits below the Minarets, some of the most dramatic peaks in the Sierra.

High Sierra Trail Day 6 — Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney

High Sierra Trail Day 6 — Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney

The final day on the trail was an intense one from summiting Mt. Whitney to descending 6k+ feet, we can definitely say finished our trip with a bang!

How to Plan Transportation for the High Sierra Trail

How to Plan Transportation for the High Sierra Trail

Here I'll provide and review several transportation and shuttle options to help plan your High Sierra Trail through-hike backpacking trip

Backpacking Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes — Bishop, CA

Backpacking Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes — Bishop, CA

This flat trail spanning no less than 6 spectacular lakes in less than 5 miles makes for a leisurely hike with some of the best views in the Sierras

Backpacking Duck Lake Pass Trail — Mammoth, CA

Backpacking Duck Lake Pass Trail — Mammoth, CA

Less than 10 miles roundtrip, the Duck Lake is the perfect overnight backpacking trip to experience classic Sierra lakes and mountains.

Backpacking Matlock Lake & Kearsarge Pass — Eastern Sierra Inyo NF, CA

Backpacking Matlock Lake & Kearsarge Pass — Eastern Sierra Inyo NF, CA

With it's incredible alpine views, Kearsarge Pass gives quick access to Kings Canyon from the Eastern Sierras, making it a perfect weekend backpacking trip.

North Fork Big Pine Creek (Summer) - Inyo NF, CA

North Fork Big Pine Creek (Summer) - Inyo NF, CA

One of the best backpacking trips in the Eastern Sierras, the North Fork Big Pine trail offers epic views of several turquoise alpine lakes below the Palisades

Thousand Island Lake, Ediza Lake, and Iceberg Lake Loop - Ansel Adams Wilderness, CA

Thousand Island Lake, Ediza Lake, and Iceberg Lake Loop - Ansel Adams Wilderness, CA

One of the most beautiful areas I've ever hiked, I feel like I could have spent days exploring the gorgeous basin and alpine lakes below the Minarets

North Fork Big Pine Creek (Spring) - Inyo NF, CA

North Fork Big Pine Creek (Spring) - Inyo NF, CA

For our first backpacking trip of the season, we decided on the North Fork of Big Pine Creek - a beautiful basin of glacier-fed lakes that I have been eagerly waiting to do. Once we got there, I could see why this was a popular destination - the impressive snow-capped peaks towering above all 9 beautiful lakes, great fishing, and ease of access make the North Fork the ideal Sierra hike.

Sabrina Lake to Hungry Packer and Moonlight Lakes — Inyo National Forest, CA

Sabrina Lake to Hungry Packer and Moonlight Lakes — Inyo National Forest, CA

Looking for a Sierra backpacking trail to a basin full of alpine lakes? The area around Sabrina Lake offers great fishing, flower meadows, and waterfalls