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Glass Mountain California

Hiking Glass Mountain, California

Glass Mountain is an ancient volcano in far flung Eastern California. Rising  to an altitude of 11,128′ , its jet-black profile hides fields of obsidian and a few hiking trails to boot. My final summit on this three day ramble through the Eastern Sierra was Glass Mountain. This volcanic summit is part of the Long...

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Potato Peak and Bodie Peak, California

Hiking Bodie and Potato Peaks, California

Bodie State Historic Park is a famously picturesque ghost town in a profoundly isolated part of California. Nearby to this park lies two desert peaks which see far less visitors. On my recent ramble through the Eastern Sierras I finally made it to the Bodie Mountains and its most famous town of Bodie State Historic...

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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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City of Rocks National Preserve Idaho

Hiking and Sightseeing at City of Rocks Preserve, Idaho

My first return to Idaho in 7 years began with a trip through the imaginative and unique City of Rocks Preserve. Though known for rock climbing, a few informal hiking trails lead to some fantastic vistas. Idaho was on my short list of states that I’ve visited but barely explored. Part of the impetus for...

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Arc Dome, Nevada

Hiking Arc Dome, Nevada

When it comes to the far flung and remote, few places match Central Nevada. It was a particularly difficult section to cross for those on the California Trail as well as the Pony Express. Except for a few asphalt and dirt highways, not much has changed since then. It’s a mythical frontier that draws solitude...

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