Had a nice night of sleep by the river. The constant sound of the water may help or it could be the fact that we were plenty tired. We made sure we got up and packing early so we weren’t holding the group up like yesterday. We even headed out a few minutes early since we were already packed and the other guys would have no problem catching up. With several tricky stream crossings right away, they were caught up within ten minutes.
We had a gradual uphill to Marie Lake which marked our first 100 miles of the trail. We went over Seldon Pass, which was very mild and quick. We got nice views from the top of the pass. The weather for the first half of the day was mostly blue skies and cool temps. We had so many nice views in the morning, we stopped and took quite a few photos. After the pass, grey clouds started to roll in, but luckily no rain.
After lunch we started a long switchback downhill and started to notice the haze of a wildfire for the second day. Supposedly, there is a wildfire going on in Yosemite and another near Mammoth, so it has been rather smoky at times for the past two days.
We made it to Muir Trail Ranch in mid-afternoon and got our resupply. We found a few things in the hiker boxes/buckets…tp, toothpaste, nuun, pb, honey and tapatio packets. We even got to charge up our electronics! Definitely a nice surprise. There were a lot of hikers passing through the ranch and we ran into Jake, Clair, Kelsey and a family that was really into our backpacks.
Once we had our stuff sorted out, we headed back to the trail for another four miles before setting up camp. With the smoke haze in the air, we got an amazing evening sun on the river. We all washed up at the river and then ate dinner. Since we didn’t get to camp until 6:00, it was a “late” night to bed. We were the last into bed around 8:15. It is already dark now, which will help us fall to sleep.
Daily Miles: 14
Total Miles: 116.4