Backtracking: The Sierra Buttes, via the Pacific Crest Trail

Backtracking: The Sierra Buttes, via the Pacific Crest Trail

Aug. 13, 2016 The plan: The lookout atop the Sierra Buttes in the Plumas National Forest. There’s a few routes here from different places. We were camping at Sardine Lake for the weekend with friends and decided to attack it from the Packer Lake saddle, near the top of the famed mountain bike trail that heads into Downieville.   I have been homebrewing for more than five years now and thoroughly enjoy the hobby, especially from a creativity standpoint. As…

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Lakes Basin Loop

Lakes Basin Loop

July 16, 2016 The plan: Lakes Basin Loop outside of Graeagle, Calif., starting at the Round Lake trailhead, connection with the Pacific Crest Trail and looping back via near Mud Lake/Long Lake. Approximately eight miles and 1,500 feet of elevation gain.   After the Mt. Elwell hike that Shannon and I did back in June, I had been itching to get back up to the Plumas National Forest and the Lakes Basin area. This had been on the to-do list…

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Mount Elwell

Mount Elwell

  June 30, 2016. The plan: The Mount Elwell peak in Plumas National Forest, near Graeagle, Calif. Some 14 years ago, Shannon and I both said “I do” on a nice piece of earth overlooking Lake Tahoe. It sure seems like we’re usually in Oregon each year for our anniversary on our usual camping trip or visiting friends in Bend, but we weren’t leaving this year for another day or so. The in-laws agreed to take the kids for the…

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Monkey Rock and Hidden Beach

Monkey Rock and Hidden Beach

The plan: Find the Monkey Rock, a decent-sized piece of granite whose features resemble that of a monkey head, near Incline Village off the Flume Trail. I remember hearing about Monkey Rock a year or two ago and a friend posted a shot on Instagram recently, which served as a bit of a reminder that I wanted to check it out. A quick search for details and/or directions wasn’t overly helpful, save for the very cool Forever Adventuring blog I…

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Backtracking: Church’s Pond in the Mt. Rose Wilderness

Backtracking: Church’s Pond in the Mt. Rose Wilderness

Note: I intend to cover some hikes and trips that I did before the launch of this blog. Hence the “backtracking” title. The plan: Galena Creek Trail. Church’s Pond, from the Galena Creek Center off Mount Rose Highway. Per Mike White, the full loop is a “difficult” 10-mile jaunt, up Jones Creek canyon to a ridgeline – where the spur trail leads off to Church’s Pond – and down the north side of the ridge through Whites Creek canyon. Hiked…

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