Hiking
Michael J. Abbott
May 2006

I enjoy day-hiking and experiencing new places. In mountain climbing terminology I stick to strictly class 1 and easy class 2 trails; in other words, I don't like to climb rocks or get lost. (I'm afraid of heights and there isn't much time to get un-lost on a day hike!) On an average jaunt I trudge 8-12 miles. The San Francisco Bay Area, where I used to live, has hundreds of wilderness areas and thousands of miles of hiking trails among redwood forests, through oak woodlands, on open grassy slopes, and along watercourses. A few hours away are the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Mojave Desert, and quite a few National Parks, Monuments, and Forests. It's a great place to learn to love the outdoors. I hope to find interesting places to hike in Minnesota, my new home.

Personal records:

On my latest hiking trip I explored the Desolation Wilderness area of the Eldorado National Forest, near Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border.

A view from the trail beside Echo Lake.
A lake through the trees.

On previous adventures I explored the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, and White Mountains, and the Mammoth Lakes area.

I have compiled day-hiking trail summaries for the Eastern Sierra Nevada and Desolation Wilderness. These are full of cryptic notes but might help somebody get started. In my system, the type of a trail is one of: o-b for out-and-back, meaning you head out to a destination and return back along the same trail, semi for semi-loop, where part of the trail is retraced upon return and part is not (a P-shaped trail), or loop for a full loop with no retracing of steps.