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Mission Ridge Sierra Club Hike
updated: Jan 06, 2013, 12:31 PM
By Robert Bernstein
Here are my photos!
Mission Ridge is perhaps the most challenging hike I lead for the Sierra Club. The elevation gain along the route is
about 2000 feet, which is about twice that of popular front country hikes like Inspiration Point, Hot Springs,
Rattlesnake Canyon, etc. The ridge itself has a steep, primitive trail that requires rock hopping and a bit of bush
whacking in places.
Mission Ridge is in the area near where the Rattlesnake Connector trail meets the Tunnel Trail. Many start the hike
at Rattlesnake, but I prefer the hike up Tunnel Trail because the views are spectacular all along the way! We went up
Tunnel Trail, then across Mission Ridge, then returned via the Edison fire road.
Saturday was a perfect day for hiking, with clear skies, calm air and a pleasant temperature.
We had a diverse group of 22 people on the hike! Many who were new or visiting from far away. Some who were fast, and
some who were taking their time; a challenge to keep the group together, but it was a good group!
Most of the fast people waited at the junctions to keep the group together.
And several people made a special effort to help others. By sharing water, by going back to give a hand, by showing
the way to those who were a bit slower and at risk of making a wrong turn or a wrong step. Thanks!
The result: Everyone did well and everyone had a pleasant experience!
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