Third times the charm for us on the Rae Lakes Loop. After much planning and anticipation, my boyfriend, Mason, and I flew out to LA and spent 10 days in the beautiful Eastern Sierra. The big plan was to spend 4 of those days backpacking the Rae Lakes Loop among other site-seeing activities like camping in Mammoth Lakes, visiting their brewery, hiking in Alabama Hills, fishing in the Owens River, and hiking through Horseshoe Meadows. We had attempted this loop twice before and bailed both times due to sickness, but this time we were prepared with more Diamox and a better hydration system.
The night before our big trip, we packed our packs out of our big suitcases in our motel room in Independence. We weighed our packs, repacked many times, and carefully selected what food to put in our bear ball. Early in the morning, we set out on Onion Valley road to begin a 52 mile hike. Of course, the sky was blue and the sun shining bright. We both felt confident as we climbed up to Kearsarge Pass. We stopped for lunch at 11,709 feet in elevation and met a happy group of PCT thru-hikers making up the Sierra section they had to skip in May or June. They were chatting about how many days in a row they hiked 20 miles. Our itinerary called for 15 miles in a day at the most. I sat there looking out over Kings Canyon (you could see for MILES) daydreaming about when my time ...
Hi I'm Vicky.
I'm currently a weekend-warrior (pharmacy technician) in the lovely midwest city of Cincinnati. I've been an avid hiker and backpacker since 2012. You can most often find me on the Sheltowee Trace Trail in Kentucky and Tennessee, but California has my favorite places to backpack.