Muir Pass - John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail: 200 Miles Journey In The Wild

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August 17, 2017 by Olya Andronova

On July 21, 2017, I embarked on a 200-mile journey to hike the John Muir Trail solo in the Sierra Nevada mountains that extends from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. It took me 2 days to prepare for my trip and 21 days total to complete my entire journey.

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Stream Crossing On The JMT

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August 12, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Stream crossing is not something I thought much about prior to my 200 miles  JMT trek in the Sierras. I did not take much into consideration water level and neither did I know anything about safely crossing the streams. Mentally, I was not prepared at all to what I actually experienced on the trail.  I …

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Mount Whitney Day Hike via Mount Whitney Trail

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August 9, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Climbing Mt. Whitney is a giant stair-master workout I have ever done in my life!  Despite intense training, I went through, nothing prepared me for what I was facing on the mountain. I personally struggled with altitude sickness,

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Glacier Point: Top Day Hikes To Explore

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July 30, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Glacier Poi Glacier Point is lauded for one of Yosemite’s absolute grandest views. The point offers a superb view of several of Yosemite National Park’s well-known landmarks.

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6 Top Day Hikes In Tuolumne Meadows

In: Trail Notes
July 7, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Tuolumne Meadows is a place I love exploring!  It is a place I patiently wait almost all year long to open.  Tuolumne Meadows is a place I love exploring more than any other areas in the park.

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Golden Canyon - Death Valley National Park, Ca

8 Top Day Hikes To Explore In Death Valley

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May 26, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Death Valley National Park is one of those parks I hesitated to visit for many years. The name Death Valley hardly sounds inviting. Dry hot climate, vast desert, isolated landscapes did not have any appeal to me. I mostly imagined Death Valley to be an arid wasteland, devoid of water and life.

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Half Dome: Climbing the cables.

Half Dome Day Hike via John Muir Trail

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August 25, 2016 by Olya Andronova

Half Dome in Yosemite captures the hearts of millions of guests visiting the park each year. Hiking Half Dome is one of the most popular hike every ambitious visitor desires to hike.

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Top Day Hikes To Explore in Hetch Hetchy

In: Trail Notes
June 2, 2016 by Olya Andronova

Hetch Hetchy Valley is a place I love to visit all year long. Visiting and exploring Hetch Hetchy is a special experience for me every time.  It gives me the opportunity to explore, learn more about American Indians who have lived for more than 6,000 years, and the detailed history of O’Shaughnessy Dam and Power Project.

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El Capitain; Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Valley Top Day Hikes

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March 30, 2016 by Olya Andronova

Living and working in Yosemite Valley, I have been fortunate to explore some of the best trails Yosemite has to offer. I have explored Yosemite Valley in all seasons including winter.  My favorite time to hit the trail in Yosemite Valley are spring and early summer.

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