Synthesis: photographs, poems and meditations

Hiking in California

Subtitled: "I am both the hiker and the trail"

"Solvitur ambulando" ("It is solved by walking"), adage of the wandering scholars of medieval Europe

"I am both the hiker and the trail" (a character in one of piero scaruffi's books)

Working on a book about hiking... "Somewhere is Not a Place"

Pictures of California hikes

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Unlike most photo albums, that focus mainly on the hikers, my photos focus on the route and the trail. Hopefully, this is a useful tool for other hikers.

The older pictures are very small because in those days most people had slow Internet; which is still true in many parts of the world.

A selection of best pictures over the years


Ventana Wilderness 2009

Bay Area

  • Click here for Bay Area hikes (Point Reyes, Mt Tamalpais, Pescadero Creek Park, Big Basin, Sierra Azul, Sweeney Ridge, Mission Peak, Sunol, Del Valle, Ohlone Wilderness, Rose Peak, Marine Headlands, Monterey, Mt Diablo, Portola Redwoods, etc)

    Yosemite

  • Map of Yosemite hikes
  • El Capitan, Yosemite (***)
  • Upper Falls and El Capitan, Yosemite (***)
  • Half Dome, Yosemite (***)
  • Basket Dome, Yosemite (**)
  • Tenaya Lake to Cloud's Rest, Yosemite (****)
  • Cathedral lakes, Echo peaks, Sunrise lakes, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite (**)
  • Yosemite Valley to Cloud's Rest, Yosemite (****)
  • Glacier Point and Panorama Trail, Yosemite (**)
  • Pohono Trail from Glacier Point to Wavona Tunnel, Yosemite (**)
  • May Lake to Ten Lakes, Yosemite (***)
  • Mt Dana, Yosemite (**)
  • Saddlebag Lake to McCabe lakes To Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite (***)
  • Mt Conness via Young Lakes, Yosemite (***)
  • Mt Conness from Tioga Lake, Yosemite (*)
  • Kuna Peak, Yosemite (*)
  • Mt Lyell, Yosemite (****)
  • Mirror Lake to North Dome to Upper Falls, Yosemite (****)
  • Upper Falls and North Dome from Tioga Rd, Yosemite (**)
  • Upper Falls, Yosemite (***)
  • Cathedral Lake, Yosemite (*)
  • Tuolumne Falls, Yosemite (*)
  • Waterwheel Falls, Yosemite (**)
  • Wawona to Glacier Pt road via Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite (**)
  • Mt Warren (Hoover Wilderness) (**)
  • Warren Canyon, Lundy Pass, Lundy Canyon (**)

    Western Sierra

  • Kings Canyon
  • Sphinx Lakes (Kings Canyon) (*****)
  • Milestone Mt (Kings Canyon) (*****)
  • Mt Kaweah (Kings Canyon) (****)
  • Crossing the Kings-Kern Divide to Reflection Lake (****)
  • Mt Brewer via East Lake and Sphinx Lakes (Kings Canyon) (*****)
  • Mt Stanford's north ridge via East Lake (****)
  • Mt Stanford via Harrison Pass (****)
  • Reflection Lake and Lucy's Pass (Kings Canyon) (****)
  • Mt Ericsson from Reflection Lake (****)
  • Gardiner Pass (***)
  • Alta Peak (**)
  • Glen Pass and Rae Lakes (****)
  • Glen Pass and Sixty Lakes Basin (****)
  • Sixty Lakes Basin and Rae Lakes via Baxter Pass (****)
  • Charlotte Lake via Charlotte Creek (***)
  • East Lake (Kings Canyon) (***)
  • Lake Edison to Silver Pass and Goodale Pass (***)
  • Lake Florence to Selden Pass (***)
  • San Gorgonio (**)
  • Kaiser Peak (**)
  • Three Sisters and Dinkey lakes (**)
  • Disappointment Lake (***)
  • San Gorgonio South Fork (**)

    Trans-Sierra

  • Roads End to Onion Valley via Kearsarge Pass (Kings Canyon) (*****)
  • Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat via Mono Pass (Mono Divide) (**)
  • Lake Florence to North Lake via Piute Pass (Mono Divide) (***)
  • Mammoth trailhead to Devil's Postpile (**)
  • Mt Morgan (4200m) (**)
  • Mt Tom (4161m) (**)
  • Mt Tom from Horton Lakes (4161m) (**)
  • Mt Humphreys (4265m) (***)
  • Baxter Pass
  • Taboose Pass
  • Lake Edison to Rovana via Italy Pass (***)

    Eastern Sierra

    (map of the Eastern Sierra)
  • Gem Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness (**)
  • Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness (**)
  • Mt Ritter, Ansel Adams Wilderness (****)
  • Minarets, Ansel Adams Wilderness (**)
  • Banner Peak, Ansel Adams Wilderness (***)
  • Mt Abbot, Ansel Adams Wilderness (***)
  • White Mountain (**)
  • White Mountain from Jeffery Mine (****)
  • Mt Whitney's main trail (****)
  • Mt Muir (****)
  • Mt Mallory from Meysan Lakes (***)
  • Mt Leconte from Tuttle Creek (***)
  • Mt Leconte from Meysan Lakes (***)
  • Tuttle Basin (**)
  • Mt Whitney's Mountaineering or North fork trail (*****)
  • Mt Sill via Palisade Glacier (*****)
  • Mt Sill via Bishop Pass (*****)
  • Mt Sill via Elinor Lake (*****)
  • Mt Sill via Big Pine Creek's south fork (*****)
  • Middle Palisade via north chute (****)
  • Middle Palisade via main chute (****)
  • Mt Kafka (***)
  • Mt Sill from Scimitar Pass (****)
  • Split Mt (****)
  • Split Mt via Taboose Pass (****)
  • Mt Gayley (***)
  • Haeckel-Darwin Pass (***)
  • Mt Hawkins (**)
  • Emerald Lakes (*)
  • Mt Darwin's north ridge (****)
  • Mt Lamarck and Schober Lakes (**)
  • Lake Sabrina to North Lake via Mt Darwin (****)
  • Mt Darwin via Lamarck Col (****)
  • Mt Wallace (**)
  • Echo Pass (**)
  • Evolution Lake via Lamarck Col (****)
  • Palisades via Bishop Pass (***)
  • South Lake to Bishop Pass (*)
  • Cloudripper (**)
  • North Palisade (*****)
  • Thunderbolt Peak from Bishop Pass (*****)
  • Mt Agassiz (***)
  • Mt Winchell (***)
  • Shepherd Pass and Mt Williamson (*****)
  • Mt Williamson descending via George Creek (*****)
  • Mt Williamson from South Bairs Creek (*****)
  • Mt Williamson from North Bairs Creek (*****)
  • Mt Barnard (***)
  • Lake Wales and Citadel (***)
  • Trojan Peak (***)
  • Junction Peak via Shepherd Pass (***)
  • Junction Peak from Onion Valley via University Pass and Forester Pass (****)
  • Mt Stanford via University Pass (Onion Valley) (****)
  • Onion Valley to University Pass to Kearsarge Pass (***)
  • Caltech Peak (***)
  • Mt Tyndall (****)
  • Mt Keith from the Shepherd Pass trailhead (***)
  • Mt Keith from the University Pass trailhead (***)
  • Mt Russell - eastern ridge (****)
  • Mt Russell - northern ridge (****)
  • Mt Russell - south face (****)
  • Mt Morgenson (***)
  • Mt Tunnabora (**)
  • Mt Carillon (***)
  • Mt Langley via Cottonwood Lakes (***)
  • Alabama Hills (*)

    Coastal/South of the Bay Area

  • Pinnacles (*)
  • Big Sur (*)
  • Carmel Rover (*)
  • Sykes Hot Springs (**)
  • China Camp to Big Sur Station in Ventana Wilderness (***)
  • Bottcher's Gap to Double Cone in Ventana Wilderness (***)
  • Bottcher's Gap to Launtz Creek camp (**)
  • Los Padres Dam to Double Cone in Ventana Wilderness (***)
  • Double Cone via Mt Manuel in Ventana Wilderness (***)
  • Pfeiffer Park to Tin House Camp via Mt Manuel in Ventana Wilderness (***)
  • Pfeiffer Park to Bottchers Gap bushwhacking in Ventana Wilderness (****)
  • Pfeiffer Park to Bottchers Gap via Vado Camp and Launtz Camp (****)
  • Pfeiffer Park to Bottchers Gap via Vado Camp and Launtz Camp (clean version)
  • Pfeiffer Park to Vado Camp in Ventana Wilderness (***)
  • Pfeiffer Park to Pico Blanco in Ventana Wilderness (***)
  • Big Sur Station to Kandlbinder in Ventana Wilderness (***)
  • Andrew Molera to Pico Blanco in Ventana Wilderness (**)
  • Junipero Serra Peak in Los Padres National Forest (*)
  • Arroyo Seco in Ventana Wilderness (*)
  • Pinyon Peak in Los Padres National Forest (**)
  • From Santa Lucia Memorial to Arroyo Seco in Los Padres National Forest (***)
  • Cone Peak, Ventana Wilderness (**)

    Desert

  • Death Valley: Racetrack, Darwin Falls, Sand Dunes, Badwater, Zabriskie Point, Mosaic Canyon, etc (*)
  • Shorty's Well to Telescope Peak, Death Valley (****)
  • Marble Canyon to Race Track, Death Valley (****)
  • Race Track to Lake Hill via Hunter Mt and Panamint Sand Dunes, Death Valley (****)
  • Panamint City and Sentinel Peak (**)
  • Joshua Tree Park (*)
  • Cactus to the Clouds (San Jacinto Peak) (***)
  • Reyes Creek to Piedra Blanca, Sespe Wilderness (**)
  • Mt Wilson (*)
  • Sandstone Peak/ Mt Allen (*)

    Low Sierra

  • Mt Tallac to Dick's Pass to Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness (*)
  • Pyramid Peak, Desolation Wilderness (**)
  • Velma Lakes and Dick's Peak, Desolation Wilderness (**)
  • Round Top, Mokelumne Wilderness (**)

    Northern California

  • Mt Shasta via Avalanche Gulch (****)
  • Mt Shasta via Clearcreek (***)
  • Mt Shasta via Cascade Gulch (***)
  • Shastina (**)
  • Lassen Volcanic Park (*)
  • Thompson Peak via Canyon Creek (***)
  • Mt Eddy (***)
  • Lost Coast and King Range (*)
  • Redwood National Park (*)
  • Prairie Creek Redwoods Park (**)
  • Mendocino region (*)
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