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Round Top Mountain, California

Round Top Hike/Climb near Lake Tahoe

After hiking nearby Thunder Mountain, I had at least half a day left of light so I went on bagging peaks. Round Top is a prominent, long extinct volcano in the far flung wilderness between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. Thankfully, access is pretty easy off the Carson Pass Highway/CA-88. Although a short hike...

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Sawmill Peak

Mt Pinos, Sawmill Peak and Grouse Mountain Hike, Ventura, CA

Mt Pinos and nearby Sawmill Peak are the high points of Ventura and Kern Counties, respectively. Both summits are easy hikes just North of Los Angeles and West of the Grapevine/I-5. When I lived in Southern California over 10 years ago, I always wanted to climb these summits. For whatever reason, I never did until...

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