Cover image: Waiting for sunrise on top of Tahoe’s Mt. Tallac provides ample opportunity for panoramic photos. Photo: Donielle Stevens
Late last fall, as the hiking season drew to a close and I traded my boots and trekking poles for a snowboard and the addictive pursuit of fresh powder, I thought about what a radically different season 2015 was compared to years past.
For instance, 2013 represented a tunnel-vision focus on achieving a mostly solitary 500 miles in one season.
I can’t say with any degree of certainty which style of hiking I like better. But I know, without hesitation, that my love for the Sierra only grows stronger with every footstep down the trail.
One of the first hikes of the 2015 season brought Oboz boots trekking through deep Spring snow. Photo: Aaron Hussmann
The roaring Glen Alpine Falls provided opportunity to ponder and reflect upon the power of the falls. Photo: Aaron Hussmann
Our Oboz boots made their international debut on a four-day trek through the Peruvian Andes. Photo: Aaron Hussmann
In the spirit of slowing down, the stars in Great Basin National Park are worth the pause. Photo: Aaron Hussmann
The drought-stricken waters of Lake Aloha provide a crystal reflection of the sky above as seen from the summit of Cracked Crag. Photo: Aaron Hussmann
When shooting with 35mm film, one must time the mountain-top jump just right. Photo: Cameryn Brock, camerynbrockphotography.com
Blustery fall hikes through high-alpine grasses make for a great way to closeout the hiking season. Photo: Donielle Stevens
Taking in the fall colors and filtered sunlight in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. What a fantastic season! Photo: Aaron Hussmann
Aaron Hussmann is the author of best-selling guidebook 500 Miles of South Lake Tahoe Hikes and works as the Community Engagement Associate with Tahoe’s oldest and largest environmental non-profit, the League to Save Lake Tahoe.