It was quite cold when we got up this morning and we all had our hats and gloves on. We got rolling out around 7:20….Mike is still getting the hang of packing things up. We heard a lot of coyote howls this morning which was pretty cool. The sun took awhile to reach us in the valley this morning so we were all super cold for the first thirty minutes of our walk. The walking at the beginning of the day was pretty flat, so we couldn’t even warm up with an uphill.
The first half of the day was spent crossing Donahue Pass. The trail up Donahue Pass was steady and steep..but a quite well done trail..with a lot of man hours that went into creating it. The pass is interesting in that it had a few plateaus on the way up with small lakes that made for some very picturesque scenes. The pass seemed like it went on forever, but finally we got to the top and headed down to find a bit of shade for lunch. We found a good spot with just a sliver of shade. The terrain was very rocky and cliffy but there was still quite a bit of water on the trail. The rest of the afternoon had a mix of ups and downs and we passed by several nice alpine lakes (Thousand Island Lake and Emerald Lake). It is amazing how clear the water is in the lakes and rivers.
We are camped tonight at Ruby Lake. It is fairly breezy and cold this evening and Sweetpea is already in her silk sack in preparation for a chilly night. We have just under 16 miles tomorrow to get to Red’s Meadow.
Daily Miles: 14.8
Total Miles: 48.4