Trail Butter Pro, Dan Patitucci, enjoyed time in the Eastern Sierra Nevada in 2021 with fellow trail runners in preparation to publish a trail running guide of the Eastern Sierra - coming summer 2022!
In this 'Trail Talk' feature, Dan shares a few photos of their time spent travelling across this incredible mountain range, with accompanying captions below each shot. If the Eastern Sierra weren't on your adventure list before - they most definitely will be after catching a glimpse of Dan's photography, a truly majestic region with so much to explore!
In the spring of 2021, we started work on a trail running guide to the Eastern Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine to Bridgeport including Death Valley and the White Mountains. The book is set to release for the summer of 2022.
We never imagined we would match the quality of the Alps' trails, where we also did the guide. Now, with all runs done, we've realized that what we experienced was pretty unbeatable; runnable singletrack through pristine wilderness and high peaks, endless sunshine, diverse landscapes from stark desert, sage country, forests to the high alpine. Best of all was the playful nature of being back in the US, folks along the East Side love to have a good time.
Here, @kimberly.strom rolling along the Rae Lakes Loop, Sierra Nevada.
The East Side is much more than the Sierra. On the east side of the Owens Valley are the White Mountains, topping out at 14,252 feet. White Mountain itself is one of our favorite runs through a stark, rocky landscape to the highpoint of the range.
@kimberly.strom on the final stretch to the summit.
To round out the seasons, we wanted to include a collection of winter runs.
Death Valley has some unique trail experiences, from the park's lowpoint near Zabriskie Point to the park's highpoint at Telescope Peak.
Here, @hjordisrz stays plenty warm in the winter sun at Zabriskie Point.