We hiked the Lakes Trail up to Pear Lake in Sequoia National Park on a whim one weekend. I wouldn’t say its the kind of trail you hike on a whim- well, if you’re carrying loads of camera gear and your prepared for a short hike, not the trail I would pick! To our surprise, we made it to the top while a storm gathered on the horizon. You walk through beautiful forests, meadows, past many lakes, and then arrive at the stark rocky landscape that surrounds Pear Lake. As the afternoon light filtered through the red dust we kicked up and the storm passed in the distance, we made it back down… 12 miles later, up 2,250 feet to an elevation of 9500 feet, then down 2,250 feet again. Do it right, like Backpacker says in their January article and enjoy it on an over-nighter!! Pick up the January issue to see our photo. Cheers!