Saturday, August 31, 2013

Eastern Sierra Hikes

The Sacramento County Hikers Annual Eastern Sierra trip was based in June Lake this year.  Twelve hikers participated in the hikes spread over 5 days.  Per his usual method, Rich Blackmarr planned and organized an excellent variety of hikes mostly in close driving distance of June Lake.

Dick Fraschetti, Rick Kallet and I arrived a day later and stayed a day longer than the rest of the group.

The four hikes we participated in were:

1. Mt. Dana - 6 mile RT with 3,000' of climbing
2. Parker Lake - 3 miles RT with 650' of vertical
3. Granite Peak - 4 miles RT with 1,500' of climbing
4. Walker Lake to Sardine Lake - 7 miles RT with 2,500' of vertical

Being on the dramatic east-slope of the Sierra Crest, all the hikes were incredibly breathtaking and knee-whacking gnarly.  The beauty of the Eastern Sierra is unmatched in terms of views and awesomeness.

The potential problem could have been the poor air quality caused by the massive Rim Fire burning near the west boundary of Yosemite National Park.  Fortunately the winds were blowing the smoke north along the Sierra Crest sparing the June Lake area of any visibility issues.  The skies were clear and bright in the areas we hiked.

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From Eastern Sierra Hikes

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