Got up at 5 am to give ourselves extra time for the bigger mile day. Actually got rolling right at 6, so it worked out well.
Climbed the three miles up to Muir Pass. In the guide book there is a lot of thoughts on the never-ending climb, or the difficulty in staying on trail. For us, it was fairly easy. Without too much snow, we didn’t lose the trail for more than a few yards, and having done some of the climb last night, it was only three miles of climbing.
The summit has a hut built out of stone that was erected in 1930. It was still in very good condition. The hut is up there for folks who get in extreme conditions and need a place to bail to.
The walk down from the pass was very beautiful. Tons of breathtaking views, and around the bend of a mountain, only more stellar views waited. The blue green lakes are really gorgeous set against the stone facade of the mountains.
Walking continued downhill for many miles along a fast moving river through a canyon, until the very end of the day, when we had a steep climb up to our campsite. We were hoping to have some fresh fish, but they were not biting in the stream near us. Nonetheless we had a fire.
Near the campsite, I walked up on a doe with a fawn. the fawn was the smallest that I have seen, standing just just a foot high. It may have been born in the last couple days, or even today, as it could only stand, it was not ready to walk.
Another one of the most beautiful days of walking that a person could ask for. The Sierras continue to amaze.
Daily Distance: 27
Trip Distance: 801.4