June 27, 1999 |
I stood in the U-shaped amphitheater of upper Lyell base camp, scanning the surrounding cirque for a likely path upward. Ten miles out from Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Meadows and into our second day on the Pacific Crest Trail, my hiking partner, Frank Berghuis, and I had ascended steadily all morning. We now viewed a scene at once spectacular and serene: pine saplings dotting an amber-green meadow; an emphatic cascade thundering down the far cliffs; in the distance, glacier-cloaked Mt.
June 8, 2004 |
COME LATE afternoon here at hiker heaven, the new bodies turn up like strays seeking scraps. They limp in, stinking, blinking and grateful. They lurch for the beckoning chairs on the shaded patio. They fling down their packs. And they mutter names that sound like roll call at San Quentin. "Green Bean," says a lanky Georgian in a duct-taped cowboy hat, introducing himself. His wife, Woolly Mammoth, follows. Some hikers are teens, some are retired. Some are chatty, some stoic.
May 11, 1988 |
About six hours before Winning Colors took the Kentucky Derby by storm Saturday afternoon, 37 riders and their horses were winding their way down a hill and through the brush on Chaney Ranch. In Louisville, there were thousands of people and 80-degree sunshine. In Warner Springs, population 203, there were a handful of people, 40-degree temperatures and a biting wind. Andy Terralavoro stopped on the trail long enough to hand Lois Grote a hat.
September 16, 2001 |
Hikers at the Fuller Ridge trail head get a 7,700-foot head start to the top of 10,804-foot Mt. San Jacinto, but that doesn't mean this route is the easiest way to Southern California's second-tallest peak. Do the math first, and the hike (although long) seems moderate enough: 7.5 miles one way with an average elevation gain of only about 414 feet per mile. But then do the hike, and the math seems improbable. Fuller Ridge is a more difficult hike than the numbers suggest.
May 10, 2005 |
If crossing mountain passes buried under 5 feet of snow with a full pack and an ice ax isn't your vision of thru-hiking this summer, think again. It might be the only way to get past an enormous Sierra snowpack blocking the Pacific Crest Trail between Cottonwood Pass and Sonora Pass, according to the Pacific Crest Trail Assn. The snow depth on 11,050-foot Cottonwood Pass is 62.7 inches, state agencies report.
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October 23, 2001 |
A San Jose engineer seeking to hike America's three premier trails in one year may accomplish his goal by week's end. Brian Robinson began his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail on Jan. 1. To finish the Appalachian Trail--the last of the trio he has to walk--Robinson must still hike Maine's Mt. Katahdin. Barring bad weather, he hopes to trek the 118 miles left of the trail in six days, according to his Web site.
April 20, 1987
Searchers on the ground and in the air have found no trace of a 58-year-old Garden Grove woman who has been missing since Saturday in Angeles National Forest, a sheriff's spokesman said. Angelina and Harold Hoffman were at about the 6,600-foot-level of Mt. Islip, near Wrightwood, hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail, when she fell behind her 54-year-old husband. He told deputies that when he turned to look for her "she was nowhere in sight."
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May 14, 2004 |
A woman cooking dinner on Sterno has been cited for starting a 1,185-acre brush fire north of Whitewater. Riverside County Fire Department officials said the fire, which started Wednesday night, was 15% contained Thursday and was not threatening structures. But it was moving within three miles of Kitching Peak, where timber extends to the San Bernardino National Forest.