Hiking the PCT from Donner Pass to Squaw ValleyLoading
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Hikers walk through green vegetation as they head for the switchbacks on the Pacific Crest Trail near Sugar Bowl ski resort, during a 15-mile point-to-point hike from Donner Pass on Highway 40 (first 11 miles) and Granite Chief Trail (last 4) to Squaw Valley on Friday, August 1, 2014 in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Fritz Heilbron, right, and Laura Menke, both of Sacramento head up the switchbacks on the Pacific Crest Trail.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Steven Keates, left, of Truckee and Chris Crewell of Quincy head up the switchbacks while surrounded by broken rocks at the start of a 15-mile point-to-point hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Donner Pass on Highway 40 near Sugar Bowl (first 11 miles) and Granite Chief Trail (last 4) to Squaw Valley.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Fritz Heilbron of Sacramento heads up the switchbacks on the Pacific Crest Trail.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Steven Keates of Truckee stands on a rock above Coldstream Canyon (below Mt. Lincoln) on the Pacific Crest Trail.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Laura Menke of Sacramento stands perched on a rock above Coldstream Canyon.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Hikers walk on the PCT below Mt. Lincoln.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Wildflowers grow along the trail on the Pacific Crest Trail.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Fritz Heilbron makes his way along the Pacific Crest Trail below Mt. Lincoln.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Steven Keates of Truckee, foreground, and Laura Menke of Sacramento walk on a ridge above Coldstream Canyon on the Pacific Crest Trail.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Mules ears cover the ground along the PCT.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Hikers walk along the Pacific Crest Trail.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Fritz Heilbron passes a huge volcanic rock outcropping on the PCT.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Steven Keates heads toward Granite Chief peak, second peak from the left in the distance, while walking along the PCT.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Hikers walk through a section of the PCT.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Fritz Heilbron walks through a field of mules ears.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Laura Menke walks through a rock field.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Hikers walk near the summit of the 8,949-foot Tinker Knob.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Hikers walk down a trail surround by granite rocks and boulders on the PCT.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Thunderclouds rise up behind rocky peaks.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Laura Menke wets her hands in a pool of water in a meadow below Granite Chief peak, background.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Laura Menke walks up steep switchbacks surrounded by granite rocks on the way to the summit of Granite Chief at Squaw Valley ski resort.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    Thunderclouds rise up in the distance for hiker Steven Keates after reaching the 9,010-foot Granite Chief peak at Squaw Valley ski resort following a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
    From the Granite Chief peak, Laura Menke uses her binoculars to view the surrounding area following a 15-mile hike from Donner Summit.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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