Lone Pine Peak
This is my fifth trip to the Sierras in the last 4 months. I have had the time of my life. There is so much natural beauty in the world.
I way underestimated this hike, and for good reason. The sources I used during my pre-trip planning phase said that the hike was only 10 miles long. The hike was closer to 15 miles long. I know I have done much more difficult longer hikes in recent memory, but that does not make a difference when calculating a turnaround time. We were running up against an early nightfall, and were unfortunately less than 1000ft from the top when we had to turn around.
I remember exclaiming that this isn't Everest, but we do not want to mess around when it comes to safety. There was an extreme scramble portion at a 35% grade, covered in loose rock. I didn't feel comfortable scrambling in my Anhus, and hiking in November meant that the trail was covered in snow melting and freezing into ice.
It made for some beautiful Photos.
My hiking partner is going back this weekend because it really bothers him that we didn't summit. It doesn't bother me as much. I feel like I did it. I came, I saw, and I conquered.
Check out some photos below