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Lion Heart and Ginonatt
Begins: Apr 20, 2009
Date: Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Start: Reds Meadow
End: Middle Fork of San Joaquin River
Daily Distance: 11
Trip Distance: 815.8
Entry Visits: 641
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Devils Postpile Front
Got up before 6am and took another hot springs shower. Couldn't resist the temptation of a hot cooked breakfast dispite the hit to the wallet.
Then left to go see Devils Postpile. Lion Heart has wanted to go there for a really long time. Columnar basalt at its best! Conditions were just right when the molten lava cooled which allowed it to form the hexagonal columns. There's a loop trail that takes you around the top so you can see where a glacier cut the top of the columns off. You can even see glacial striations! Back down in front of the postpile, is a large talus pile of fallen columns. What a great little detour from the trail!
Saw soda springs.
Hiked along the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River all afternoon. Had lunch and Gino attempted a skinny dip but current was too strong. Hiked a little more down the trail and spotted a grand pool. Gino was in there instantly and swam across the pool to the other side where he laid on the rocks for a while trying to warm up. He swam back across and went down and touched the bottom of the pool which he estimated to be 10 ft. deep. One of the best of the trail!
Decided to hike the River Trail rather than the High Trail where the PCT goes. Met a super friendly forest service ranger and we talked to her for quite a while. She lives in Bishop and works 10 days on out here in the backcountry and then 4 days off.
Camped next to the loud and rushing river just before we ascend tomorrow to 1000 island lake.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org