California opens lottery to hike Mount Whitney – SFGATE
This spring, experienced hikers might score the chance to cross the tallest mountain in California (and the lower 48 states) off their bucket list. The Mount Whitney lottery opened on Feb. 1 for the 2023 season, and the competition will likely be fierce.
The window to hike Whitney is from May 1 to Nov. 1. Before entering the lottery, you’ll need to create an account on Recreation.gov.
The Mount Whitney Trail starts in the Inyo National Forest at Whitney Portal, 8,300 feet above sea level. The trail gains over 6,200 feet of elevation before reaching the summit in Sequoia National Park at the southern end of the John Muir Trail. In 2021, Recreation.gov fielded 25,0…….
Now is the best time to hike Mount Tamalpais’ Cataract Falls – SFGATE
The burn in my legs is real.
No, really. I still feel it as I type this. My calves and quads, more specifically, but I think you get the unflattering picture. The Cataract Falls Trail in Mount Tamalpais State Park is a must for lovers of waterfalls (and who isn’t) and now is the time to be there.
As Bill Hader’s Stefon would say: “This place has everything.”
Marin County’s hottest club has surging waterfalls, green moss and lots of steep staircases. I once did this trail with my wife a couple years ago during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. To say that the trip was muddy, slippery and crowded would be an understatement.