Slept great last night despite the cold and wind. My down pants worked well to extend the 35 degree sleeping bag beyond its rating. Unfortunately I snagged them on a branch in the morning while getting ready and had to do some sewing to make sure I wouldn’t lose the down feathers.
We continued on the portion of the JMT and didn’t see any hikers on it… Later we found out that the trail is called the blow down section. Most likely the JMT hikers are taking the PCT instead. We got to see some very pretty lakes by taking the alternate route, so I think it was worth the extra miles and the climbing over the blow downs.
We did our last 11,000 foot pass today. Beautiful as usual. Then we descended to the Tuolumne Meadow section and had some of the flattest hiking we have had in some time…it was good as we realized that we wanted to make an extra push to get to the campground at the meadows.
When we got here, we found Steamer, Desert Fox, Autopilot, and Pnut all enjoying some fudge and brownies that Desert fox had picked up in a Maildrop.
The campground is a very large national park campground…100s of sites. Lots of giant tents. Odd as we just walked in from the woods and most of these folks rolled in with their cars and have not heard of the PCT.
Daily Distance: 27
Trip Distance: 893.4