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Often times the best scenery in the Sierra is found between the canyon or valley bottom and the craggy ridge crests.  The Sierra High Route is perhaps the best example of this straddling the sweet spot between the montane forest and the more arduous travel characteristic of the ridgelines.  This post describes a much shorter...

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When people think of getting out in the mountains around Jackson, Wyoming, what do they think about? The Tetons and the Wind River Range are typically the first 2 areas that come to mind. If you are driving north on … Read the rest

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A 28-year-old dentist from Belgium just completed the Appalachian Trail in record time. Not only did he beat it, but he crushed it by four days, finishing the 2190 mile journey in 41 days, 7 hrs and 39 minutes. This … Read the rest

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The Trans Rockies Run – 6 day race has been one of the major bucket list items for me for several years now. As luck would have it, an opportunity to run the team event presented itself this year, so … Read the rest

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My fingers gripped securely along the knife-edge of rock, and I took comfort in the firm stay of my shoe rubber on the two-inch ledge. I could smell the heat coming off the slab as the newly-risen sun began to … Read the rest

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*Craig has a degree in Zoology and has worked with one of the world’s leading Herpetologists.

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Doing long all day runs in the backcountry can be an incredible experience for any ultra runner looking for some adventure. Being able to see several miles of wild and rugged terrain with your running companions will be some of … Read the rest

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Silver Lupine, Stone Ridge and Cone Peak The Stone Ridge Sea to Sky is a classic Big Sur route from the Pacific Ocean to the summit of Cone Peak ascending over 5,000 feet in a little over 5 miles. The Carrizo Trail combined with the North Ridge is the interior version of Stone Ridge Sea...

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The folks at Trail And Ultra Running aren’t a bunch of lazies. They aren’t stagnant businessmen who sit around all day trying to make money off of other people being fit. Like the members of this great community, TAUR co-owners, … Read the rest

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With the unreasonably long closure post-Soberanes Fire finally over, it was time to return to Ventana Double Cone.  If Cone Peak is the King of the Big Sur Coast, Ventana Double Cone is the Queen of the Ventana Wilderness. Rising 4,853 ft above sea level, no other peak in the Ventana Wilderness possesses such a rugged face...

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Mount Andrea Lawrence was named in 2013 when President Obama signed into law legislation officially naming this beautiful summit in honor of Olympian and environmentalist Andrea Mead Lawrence.  Prior to the official naming, the 12,245 ft mountain was sometimes known as “Gem Peak” as evidenced by the cover of an older summit register.  The mountain is taller,...

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The Hooper Senger Loop is an aesthetic 27.6 mile complete loop in a scenic region of the High Sierra including carry-overs of Mount Senger and Mount Hooper.  Since the region is well west of the crest, the topography and summits are not high relative to the crest, but the views are spectacular and the large...

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Some of the most interesting and colorful geology in the Sierra lies in a region centered in the Convict Creek and McGee Creek watersheds.  The mountains here are composed of brilliant red, white and gray rocks, a stark contrast to the familiar granite that composes most of the Sierra.  Instead of the solid nature of...

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Mount Ritter is the centerpiece peak of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, and at 13,150 ft, it’s also the highest peak in the region with a commanding view of the surrounding landscape. Together with its close neighbor Mount Banner, the two …

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Centrally located in Kings Canyon National Park, 12,907 ft Mount Gardiner has one of the most beautiful northern aspects in the High Sierra.  The many buttresses and cliffs of this north side tower above Gardiner Basin which contains over a …

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What began as an effort do a social and low intensity run with friends, has turned into a new running outlet. Ultra fishing, a growing but small subset of the already niche community of ultra running, has increased my already Read the rest

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Mount Harrington is an impressive but relatively unknown peak along the Monarch Divide which separates the glacier-carved canyons of the South and Middle Forks of the Kings River.  The peak lies within the Monarch Wilderness on National Forest land, perhaps …

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State Peak is a very remote and fairly obscure peak in Kings Canyon National Park located between the Middle and South Forks of the Kings River along the Cirque Crest.  While only rising 12,620 feet, the mountain’s position west of …

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Bear Creek Spire rises above one of the most scenic alpine valleys in the Sierra dotted with wonderful alpine lakes and meadows. Its chiseled profile and position above the valley make it one of the most photogenic peaks in the …

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Catching up on a route from July 4th that was a variation of the Sawtooth Loop I did back in 2013.  The “Sawtooth Loop” is a spectacular route through one of the most scenic regions of the High Sierra and …

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It was a beautiful August morning, and a few friends and I had decided to venture up Deseret Peak, an 11,000-foot peak located in the Stansbury Mountains in Toole County, Utah. This would be a fun outing to a place … Read the rest

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Geographically located between the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades, it makes sense that the Trinity Alps look and feel like a mixture of the two mountain ranges, yet the sum of the parts creates something distinctly unique.  The Trinities are …

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The Caribou Lakes area is one of the finest regions of the Trinity Alps with fantastic scenery and beautiful alpine lakes. This would be my second visit to the region (first time in 2013) and this time I made a …

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It was a long winter in the Wasatch. I found myself spending more time on a treadmill than on the trails. The snow was relentless, the darkness was uninviting, and I just didn’t have the proper motivation to get out … Read the rest

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This was my third time visiting the highly scenic region beneath Granite Dome. In both 2012 and 2014 visits were in early June and most of the lakes were melted out. This time a full month later in early July …

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The beautiful Wasatch Mountains of Utah is the backyard and playground for many of the TAUR staff. One of our favorite activities is to introduce amazing places to new trail runners and visiting friends. Just over a week ago acclaimed … Read the rest

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Camping sucks. It’s exhausting and uncomfortable and smelly and there are far better ways to spend a weekend. At least that’s what I thought until a year ago.

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The Nā Pali coast on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai is one of the most rugged and spectacular meetings of land and ocean on earth. Millions of years of erosion have created soaring cliffs, knife-edge ridges and hanging valleys rising immediately …

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The “Snow Cone” is somewhat of a mythical event. At the same time one can be standing in snow and marveling at the spectacular Big Sur coast thousands of feet below. When timed correctly, it can be stunning with a …

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Robinson Creek canyon is a prominent U-shaped glacier carved valley spilling into Twin Lakes outside of Bridgeport. Sawtooth Ridge towers above the canyon, and despite being relatively lower in elevation to the south, it’s one of the most rugged segments …

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Mineral King is a high glacial valley at the south end of the Sierra Nevada nestled beneath the Great Western Divide. The valley has a long history of human interaction dating back to 19th century silver mining, and more recently, …

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I seem to be drawn back to Lake Reflection every year, one of my favorite lakes in the High Sierra. The lake sits in a bowl underneath the high peaks of the Kings-Kern Divide and the Great Western Divide. Cliffs tumble …

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I had a great winter and spring compiling 116 waterfalls (as of May 28th) in the Big Sur Waterfall Project visiting as many nooks and crannies in the northern Santa Lucia Mountains as I could find. There will always be more waterfalls …

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“The Window” or “La Ventana” is a prominent and historically significant feature in the most rugged corner of the Ventana Wilderness. The deep notch along the high ridge between Kandlbinder Peak and Ventana Double Cone is clearly visible from the north …

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Cone Peak rises 5,155 ft above the Pacific Ocean in less than three miles as the crow flies, making it one of the steepest gradients from ocean to summit in the contiguous United States. It’s nearly a vertical mile above …

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The Santa Lucia Wilderness is a little-known 20,412 acre wilderness at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Range near San Luis Obispo. Only a few trails traverse the relatively small wilderness, including Lopez Canyon Trail, Big Falls Trail and …

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Silver Peak rises steeply from the south coast of Big Sur to a lofty perch at 3,590 ft. The summit sits at the center of the 31,555 acre namesake Silver Peak Wilderness, which encompasses some of the most spectacular terrain and …

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I’ve written in great detail about Santa Lucia Firs recently so I won’t repeat myself and describe the awesomeness of this tree again. The highest concentration of Santa Lucias (by far) is in the Carmel River drainage where the rocky, rugged …

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I enjoyed last year’s Ventana (single) Cone Adventure so much that I came back to explore a new ascent route up Ventana Cone and a new descent route from Lion Rock. I climbed both peaks on the Ventana Triple Crown …

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