Sierra canyon Hiking Group Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail to Benson Hut

The Del Webb over 55 community that we live in, Sierra Canyon, has a hiking group that does an  easier hike on Mondays and a longer hike on Thursdays. Today Duke and I did our first Thursday hike. It was wonderful. We met at 7:30 at the lodge and were on the trail by 8:30. We started just south of highway 80 at Donner Pass and followed the Pacific Crest Trail to a Sierra Club hut called Benson hut. It was beautiful day and the trail followed the crest of the mountains. We had phenomenal views although it was a bit hazy because of the California fires. The first part of the trail went through Sugar Bowl ski area and over the top of the long tunnel that trains go through to get over the pass.

The first pass we went over was Roller pass where the Donner party used logs and oxen to pull their wagons over the pass.


The trail followed the crest and gave us breath taking views in all directions.


While we were walking along here Duke fell and hit his head. Although it was a scary fall and his head looked bad he didn’t even get a headache. I guess he has a hard head!


Our destination was the Sierra Club Benson hut which was 5.8 miles from the trail head. We had lunch and then headed back.


Although my feet are sore and I am tired it was great hike. I think we should get hiking poles for Duke before our next hike. The ones I have were a gift from Bonnie and they worked great!

Here is a link to my flickr page with all my pictures of the hike.

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

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