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Mission Ridge Sierra Club Hike/Photos!
updated: Jan 07, 2014, 1:15 PM

By Robert Bernstein

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 13 people on the hike. Some 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!

Perhaps most impressive was local runner Erin who did a nine mile run before even starting our hike! She seemed to have boundless energy!

Everyone did well and everyone had a pleasant experience!

Here are my photos!

 

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