November 18, 2007 |
THOUSAND ISLAND LAKE Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National Forest Ask folks whether they've been to the Sierra, and they'll likely cite a well-tromped trail in Yosemite. But plunge deeper into California's iconic backyard and you get to Thousand Island Lake, a spot around 10,000 feet above sea level where teensy granite islands glitter in the sun, where alpenglow bouncing off Banner Peak rivals the Northern Lights, where you could spend slack-jawed hours staring at the landscape.
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July 11, 2007 |
Clouds rolling over California taunted firefighters Tuesday, offering hope for moisture but sparking worries of "dry lightning" that could ignite more parched vegetation. The National Weather Service raised its fire threat level for the Bay Area, where lightning was expected through the evening, said forecaster Steve Anderson. Officials in the brown Sierra foothills were also trying to douse several large fires blazing since late last week.
September 27, 2005 |
INYO National Forest, home to Mt. Whitney and the White Mountains, laid off 23 employees this month in a cost-cutting move to balance its budget. Among those who lost jobs were hydrologists, wildlife biologists, a deputy forest supervisor, an office assistant and a public affairs assistant. As a result, getting permits for mule packers and to build access roads is expected to take longer. However, the ranger staff will remain unchanged and the Mt.
October 7, 2003 |
Remember gorp, the funky trail mix of the '80s? It went the way of hair bands when PowerBars hit the market, but today's outward-bound will find bona fide sustenance at GORP.com (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages). The home page kicks things off with editorial essays, travel deals and Web links -- all geared to experiencing the world outdoors. Seasonal and regional offerings make the site relevant locally. Click on "Close to Home" for day trips and current activities nearest you.
August 5, 2001 |
The two-lane highway through Lee Vining Canyon is one of the more spectacular in the state, switchbacking up 3,300 awe-inspiring feet from the Mono Basin west to the Tioga Pass and the eastern entrance of Yosemite. The route, California 120, is wild and winding, the canyon dotted with enough streams, lakes and campgrounds to make visitors in this part of the eastern Sierra forget about the national park next door. So forget about it I did.
March 12, 2000 |
Morning sunlight scattered off the ermine summit of 13,748-foot Morgan Peak, warming the crisp air as my waxed cross-country/telemark skis glided over the snow-covered road. Rivulets of sweat formed on my forehead, dribbling sun block into my eyes. Minutes earlier, a snowmobile loaded with luggage had roared past me, making short work of the two-mile-plus trek to the lodge; I was taking the more leisurely approach.