We recently did a 4-day trip to eastern California from the Bay Area and had a fantastic time. We came back with lots of stories and pictures along with a few dents and dings (ok more than a few in some cases). We did nearly 1000 miles in 3 and a half days, and it was just what I needed in a get-away road trip.
I've never done a trip report, so bear with me, but I plan to write up each day with pictures and videos. Note, the videos do have adult language. The videos have been started and a couple are already uploaded, so I'll post those in with each days' story and photos.
Here's the original trip thread:
And our itinerary:
Thursday June 28:
After work, leave San Jose for Utica Reservoir near Bear Valley off Hwy 4. Find a campsite for the night, then:
Friday June 29:
Run Slickrock Road trail from south to north (backwards) via Spicer Meadow road, and out near Alpine Lake. After completing the trail, we will continue NE on HWY 4 to HWY 395, then South to Rock Creek Lake, which is near Bishop. We can set up camp at any of the campgrounds by Rock Creek, so that we are set for the next two nights. (Instead we split up and some stayed in a hotel in Bridgeport, while others made camp in the dark at Lundy Lake).
Saturday June 30:
Run Sand Canyon Road trail which connects to Wheeler Ridge. This will be an all-day outing, but our campground will be close by (Rock Creek). The views from Wheeler Ridge are supposed to be pretty nice, so I'm especially looking forward to this one.
Sunday July 1:
Pack up, then run Long Valley Caldera trail for approx half day before heading home. (This didn't end up happening. Instead we had to track down a tow dolly... Stay tuned for that story...)