An alternate trail into Pioneer Basin and the Mono Creek drainage can be found by following the faint use trail that you can see in this picture. Just head North from the trail once you reach Mono Pas to the obvious cirque holding the lake.
Taking in the sunset over Pioneer Basin
My good friend Jeff, soaking in one of my all time favorite camping spots in the Sierras
Lake # 1 in Pioneer Basin with the Mono Divide in the distance
The last of the storm rolling through Fourth Recess Lake and Pioneer Basin
Jeff and Ryan fishing at 4th Recess Lake
A storm passing through Fourth Recess and Fourth Recess Lake
In the John Muir Wilderness and the Mono Divide
Crossing above Golden Lake
Taking the cross country route from Mono Pass the the Mono Creek Drainage by passing above Golden Creek to the headwaters of Mono Creek
Hiking in shorts, in the snow, in July, felt like a dream
A snowman was welcoming my friend Jeff and I to a snowy Mono Pass.
The trail over Mono Pass after an early July snowstorm
I've hiked this pass multiple times and this time was by far the most beautiful.
Jeff hiking into Ruby Lake
We had a nice surprise on the hike in... snow left over from a snowstorm earlier that morning.
The northern most tip of Point Reyes National Seashore. Bodega Bay sits off in the distance.
Tule Elk eating breakfast
Taken along the Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore
The McCloud River above Lakin Damn
Taken from along the River Trail which follows the McCloud River near the upper, middle, and lower falls.
McArthur Burney Falls
A non-HDR version of McArthur Burney Falls edited only with Macphun's Luminar software.
McArthur Burney Falls
An HDR version of McArthur Burney Falls. Taken from near the end of the Falls Trail.
Middle McCloud Falls in the moonlight (vertical)
Taken while the moon was still out lighting up the falls.
Middle McCloud Falls from above
Taken from the overlook near the parking lot to the falls
Middle McCloud Falls
Near McCloud California. The falls can be accessed by a short hike from the road or by following the river trail that follows the McCloud River for several miles.
A small waterfall near Cole Creek
One of the many seasonal creeks that can feed Cole Creek
Cole Creek just above the campground
Taken during the spring after the heavy winter of 2017.
Spring runoff near Cole Creek
Taken during some spring hiking near Bear River Reservoir and Cole Creek
Cataract Creek Falls
One of the many falls along the Cataract Creek Falls Trail
The "Ladder" on the Steep Ravine Trail
Taken just about a mile below the Pantoll Ranger Station near Muir Woods National Monument and Stinson Beach.
A field of wildflowers with Snow Mountain off in the distance
Taken in Table Mountain Ecological Preserve, near Oroville, California. Snow Mountain is across the Central Valley and is part of the Mendocino National Forest.
Phantom Falls from the overlook
Table Mountain Ecological Preserve, Oroville, CA
Phantom Falls and Coal Canyon
Located at Table Mountain Ecological Preserve near Oroville, CA
Phantom Falls (close up)
Taken in Table Mountain Ecological Preserve, near Oroville, California.
Streams and wildflowers at Table Mountain
Taken during the spring wildflower bloom
The top of North Table Mountain
Taken near the Trailhead
Kicking back at camp
Taken from a trip to Forgotten Flat, near Kyburz, CA
Taken during my first night of backpacking in 2017. For some reason sleeping in my tent just feels like my home away from home.
A clear night in Forgotten Flat
Enjoying the stars while taking in the campfire from our camp in Forgotten Flat
Sitting around the campfire
Ryan and Aaron sitting around the campfire at Forgotten Flat, near Kyburz, Ca.
The junction of Caples Creek and Silver Creek
Taken along the Caples Creek Trail near Silverfork and Kyburz, CA