Northern California

The Thousand-Mile Summer Trail

Length: 1272 one_way miles
High Point: 9999'
Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Scenery: 0/5

Difficulty: 0/5

Submitted by: California Hiking


Route and chapters:
1 Along The Colorado (Algodones MEX, paralleling the river where possible to Needles)
2 Across The Mojave (Sacramento Hills to Goffs, crossing the Mojave Desert to Silurian Hills)
3 The Valley Called Death (Saratoga Springs, Amargosa Valley and Death Valley to Stovepipe Wells)
4 Over The Panamints (Lemoigne & Cottonwood Canyons, Hunter Mountain, Saline & Eureka Valleys to Deep Springs)
5 On The White Mountains (Wyman Canyon, Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountain Summit, Silver Canyon to Bishop)
6 In High Sierra (Owen’s Valley, Piute Pass, Selden Pass, Silver Pass, Mammoth Pass to Mammoth Lakes)
7 Craters Of History (Mono Craters, Mono Lake to Bodie)
8 The Northern Sierra (East Walker River, Buckeye Canyon, West Walker River, Sonora, Silver King to Markleeville)
9 Tahoe Donner (Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, Truckee to Honey Lake)
10 Warner Mountain Surprise (South Warner Wilderness, Summit Trail, Surprise Valley, Highgrade to New Pine Creek, OREGON)

Trail Description

Four years ago, I set out to retrace American legend and backpacking icon, the late Colin Fletcher.
After years of research and writing down the manuscript in an abandoned 1923 Santa Fe caboose in the Mojave Desert,
my book "California Serendipity - The Thousand-Mile Summer Revisited" has now been published.
Through a chain of serendipitous encounters that started in a little desert ghost town, I gained access to Fletcher's belongings and was therefore able to redo his epic walk of 1958 based on his original maps and notes.
With full coverage of the original route and maps designed by Fletcher's cartographer David Lindroth, for the first time readers will be able to follow in The Walker's footsteps.

Lindemann Travelbooks ISBN ISBN 978-0-9853803-0-4
Available at amazon, REI and bookstores