1. Larry Beck
    Larry Beck January 6, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Another spectacular blog article Ray!

    After over 1000 miles on the trails in the Sierra, I finally saw a bear last summer at Hamilton Lake on the High Sierra Trail. He was alone and I think he was more surprised by us than us by him.

    He ran up that rock face just north of the lake and glared at us. He was magnificent!

  2. Hikerpat
    Hikerpat January 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    My husband and I have been lucky enough to have several bear “encounters” over the past few years. Our first was in the Tetons. While hiking the crest trail we saw a bear about 3 switchbacks down from us. It was eating blueberries from a wonderful patch which completely surrounded the bear box. We observed it for a while – it seemed in no hurry to leave. Since it was directly in our path, we decided to backtrack to a safe viewpoint. Eventually, it moved on. The second time we saw a bear was in Yosemite. We had hiked up to Glacier Point via the Four Mile Trail and we’re headed toward Vernal Falls via the Panorama Trail. Once again the bear was eating – this time between the switchbacks we were hiking. No amount of noise made an impression. It slowly ambled away. Our more recent sighting was this past summer. We spent the night before hiking the Lake Superior shoreline at Pictured Rocks at a campground near Munising. In the morning on the way to the shuttle, a huge bear ran across the road a bit in front of the car! Each time we saw one of these animals, I felt blessed to have observed them in their habitat. They were some of the most memorable parts of our trips.

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