An outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Chicago. When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed...

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Category: Sierra Nevada

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 By Quincy Koetz
Highland Peak California

Hike/Scramble of Highland Peak, California

Highland Peak is a remote summit located near Ebbetts Pass in the Sierra Nevada was a delightful fall adventure. Its altitude and isolation make it a destination for solitude seekers like myself. Highland Peak of Ebbetts Pass  Fall is my favorite time of year for hiking the Sierra Nevada. With the season come pleasant temperatures,...

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Round Lake, Lake Basin

Hiking the Lake Basin Loop, Plumas County, CA

This is an easily completed 5 mile loop hike of an alpine glacial basin in the Northern Sierras. Have you ever been to Plumas County, California? For the 15 years I’ve spent in California, this was my first visit! The Sierras between Lake Tahoe and Mt Lassen seemed mysterious to me. Marked by tiny mining-era...

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Sierra Buttes

Hiking Tamarack Lakes Trails, California

A mid-spring hike in the Tamarack Lakes region might as well be a winter hike anywhere else. Snowy trails lead to abundant solitude A Blank Spot on the Map If you drew a line between Lake Tahoe and Mt Lassen, about halfway between is Plumas and Sierra Counties. With a combined population of less than...

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Dayhike of Emigrant Wilderness from Kennedy Meadows

Looking like something out of the Sound of Music After spending a day wading through heavy snow up near Sonora Pass to bag what would have otherwise been an easily hiked summit, I turned my sights to a the lower elevations. The area bounded by Stanislaus National forest is one of extreme changes in altitudes....

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