Hiking, camping and 4WD in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra

These days I'm driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser on desert dirt roads instead of the 10-ton bicycle of all those years past–and then hiking from there. Things change!

It's time to start exploring the Eastern Sierras once in a while! A relaxing 2.5-mile round-trip hike up to Emma Lake is followed by a 10.5-mile round-trip hike from Lobdell Lake up to Mount Patterson at 11673 feet elevation with about 3500 feet of elevation gain.