Cottonwood Lakes

What better way to spend your birthday weekend than squeezing a late season backpacking trip in the Sierras, answer not much. We decided on a quick overnight trip somewhere relatively close to the LA area and came up with this little gem Cottonwood Lakes. These lakes are tantalizingly close to Southern California just outside Lone Pine, CA a mere 3.5hr drive from Los Angeles. We failed to nab an overnight permit so we left late Friday night and spent the night in Lone Pine just down the road from the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center which gives out walk in permits via lottery each morning. Thankfully I nabbed #1 in the lottery and was easily able to grab a permit for Cottonwood Lakes.

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Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park Day 2 – Windy Ridge

After a moderate to easy hike the day before we were ready for something bigger, longer, harder. We asked around the night before looking for hike recommendations. A couple of campers recommended Windy Ridge as a full day moderately difficult hike (11+ miles). Thankfully waking up the second day we were rewarded with a major […]