Two years ago, my son and friends completed a trek in the High Sierra out of the Florence Lake trailhead. Photos from that trip were published in Rambling the High Sierra. On that trip, we pieced together an off-trail route with packrafts.
We returned in 2015, this time using Mammoth Lakes as our base, traveling along part of Roper's Sierra High Route (the part from Minaret Lakes to Twin Lakes), and then peeling off the SHR at Twin Lakes. From Twin Lakes, we traveled over Clinch Pass, traversed high to Marie Lakes, and then worked our way back to our trailhead at Devil's Postpile.
Our primary goals were to explore, fish, and tackle some challenging cross-country terrain. We pieced together the route as we went, napped when we felt like it, fished when we happened across a dimpling lake surface - in other words, we settled into a rhythm of wilderness travel with no agenda other than to get back to the trailhead when we ran out of food.
The result: 10 days of travel through the High Sierra away from the crowds!
Section 1: Devil's Postpile to Catherine Pass
Clothing, Shelter, and Sleep System
Trip Journals & Live Dispatches
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Founder and publisher of backpackinglight.com since November 2000. My home is (currently!) Estes Park, Colorado, and my backyard trails are in the Rockies of Southeast Wyoming and Northern Colorado. I like packrafting, tenkara fly fishing, alpine climbing, and have a particular passion for traveling long distances off-trail without resupply. I'm online elsewhere at ryanjordan.com and Instagram.
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