Pacific Crest Trail: Section G (Southern Sierra Nevada)

Section G of the Pacific Crest Trail introduces hikers to the Sierra Nevada, one of the worlds most magnificent alpine ranges. Starting at 5,000 feet at Walker Pass, the trail climbs over 8,451-foot Owens Peak, the keystone summit of the area and the first of the great granite castles of … Continue reading…

Starlight Peak (14,200′) via Starlight Chute (Class-5 Scramble)

Starlight Peak is a 14,200-foot peak in the Palisade region of the Sierra Nevada, California. Its uniquely-shaped summit spire, accurately dubbed the Milk Bottle, stands only a few hundred yards northwest along the main Palisade crest from North Palisade itself. In July 2015, I climbed Starlight Peak with Max Burke via the Starlight Chute. … Continue reading…

Mount McAdie (13,799′) via West Face (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount McAdie is a 13,799-foot mountain located in Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada of California. Standing about midway between Mount Whitney and Mount Langley, it boasts an outstanding view from its jagged double-peaked crown. The North Peak is the true high point of the mountain, while the Middle Peak rises … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Sections E & F (Mojave Desert & Piute Mountains)

Section E, starting in Agua Dulce and ending at Tehachapi Pass, is arguably the least popular of the southern PCT sections. It climbs up and over the 6,700-foot Sierra Pelona (“Bald Mountains”) but then drops from the crest to the floor of the Mojave Desert. Apparently the government was not … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section D (San Gabriel Mountains)

Section D constitutes a full 120-mile traverse of the San Gabriel Mountains, which make up the northern Los Angeles skyline. This range is rugged, standing above 10,000 feet and featuring a handful of high snowy peaks. Activity of the San Andreas Fault is pushing these mountains up at a rate … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section A (Laguna Mountains)

Section A starts at the Mexican border near Campo and winds through the low yet rugged Laguna Mountains. At mile 20 the Lake Morena Campground hosts the annual PCT Kickoff Party. Once across the interstate-8 the trail climbs 3,000 vertical feet into the serene pine forests of the Laguna Mountains. … Continue reading…

Boney Mountain (2,828′) via North Face (Class-2 Scramble)

    Climbing old Boney Mountain is a rite of passage for any (reasonably fit) resident of the Conejo Valley. Looking south from the valley communities, its craggy northern peak (Boney Peak) is the highest point visible on the skyline. It is located in the western part of the Santa … Continue reading…

Cathedral Peak (10,911′) via Southeast Buttress (5-pitch 5.6 Trad Climb)

Cathedral Peak is an iconic feature of the Yosemite high country. At a height of 3,326-m (10,911-ft), it is the most visually arresting mountain above Tuolomne Meadows, and a popular objective of alpine climbing in the Sierra Nevada. John Muir, the first to ever reach the top, wrote in his … Continue reading…