Welcome to High Sierra Highlights!

Having spent over fifty years enjoying the wonders of the High Sierra, I'd like to share some photos and stories with those of you who also love the "Range of Light". I grew up spending summers at Echo Lake which is located above the southwestern rim of Lake Tahoe near the entrance to the Desolation Wilderness Area in El Dorado National Forest. Every summer our family would make the happy drive north from Pasadena along Highway 395 beneath the towering ramparts of the Southern Sierra. Naturally, besides our own beloved Echo back country, we also began exploring this part of the Sierra as well. Please join me in a photographic tour of some of my favorites!

Area Selections


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Sequoia National Park

Milestone Basin

Upper Kern Basin

Mt. Whitney Area Day trips

  Kings Canyon National Park


Mount Brewer

Gardiner Basin

Mt. Goddard Loop Trip

Lake Basin Trip 08

  High Sierra Wilderness Area

Lake Italy Loop Trip

French Canyon Loop Trip

   Desolation Wilderness Area Echo Lake

Sierra Links:

Sierra Club site

Kings Canyon and Sequoia Wilderness Hikes lots of trip reports and links

Frank Farmer's Mountaineering Page - Wide ranging site with High Sierra sections

Summitpost.org -Terrific site for climbs with routes and photos

Climber.org: Trip reports and photos

American Alpine Club

Wilderness Medical Society - guidelines and programs for wilderness users

My publishing site with info about my latest book, Echo Lake Reflections


Questions or comments? Always glad to hear from you!

E-mail me at pekelo@lava.net

Copyright 2005 © Peter Caldwell