A socially-distanced, very long day-trip to Leavitt Lake with a brief hike over to Ski Lake. Fishing was not the best (8 others fishing Ski Lake!) but the hike and the views were glorious. It was 72F at 9600' in elevation and allowed me to be in shorts and short sleeves all day. I also got to spend some quality time with Z on our hike to Ski. He did such a great job going up and down steep slopes that were covered in loose scree in some areas.
The road to Leavitt has really deteriorated over the past decade and only high-clearance 4x4 trucks can make the journey. Even our Subaru wouldn't make it these days.
We took a much needed break from reality by staying at our cabin in Twain Harte over the weekend. Highlight of the trip was our 4X4 journey up to Kavanaugh Ridge off of the Green Creek Road near Virginia Lakes. The road ends at 11,000' and overlooks the Hoover Wilderness and many lakes several thousand feet below. The wind was blowing well over 50mph during our visit, but on a calmer day it would be an epic picnic spot. The K.R. Trail should only be attempted by high-clearance 4x4 trucks or SUV's. We parked our Subaru Ascent at the trail sign and piled into Grandpa's Frontier for the final three miles to the top.
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.