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Scott "Voyageur / Voyager" Piddington
City: Sanbornton
State: New Hampshire
Country: United States
Begins: Jun 26, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jun 27th, 2015
Start: Meadow near Watkins Creek
End: just beyond Reynolds Pass
Daily Distance: 16
Trip Distance: 26.0
Entry Lat: 44.69803
Entry Lng: -111.48549

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Targhee Pass - the real one

Woke to sun baking our tents in the middle of a sparsely vegetated meadow. Packed up got water from nearby creek. In the morning we stumbled on the perfect camp site in trees 150 feet away. Oh well.

It was a serious climb up to Targhee Pass complete with switchbacks built into the rock. Yes this pass has the same name as where we started yesterday but this one is at 10,000 sea level and right beside Targhee peak. At that altitude I needed to get back down soon. The peak looked like a really nice scramble so Troy headed up and I down. I got some good photos of his assent and descent from my route down. There was some snow up in the pass but not on trail.

We ran into 2 groups of mountain bikers, one on either side of the pass. Looks like a lot of work but so is hiking.

The trail was up high in nice to us terrain most of the day til late afternoon as it approached Reynolds Pass. Then it became a long side-hill through thick waist high brush in the scorching heat! We made the pass around 6pm and just lay on the side of the pavement for too long.

Across the pass it got more challenging. This is one of those sections that is likely hiked by no one other than thruhikers and a lot of us take the Mack's Inn alternate and miss it. We were just wading though the overgrown weeds from hard to find post to the next. We lost. The trail twice for considerable amounts of time during the next 2 hours. This really puts a crimp in the miles.

We camped where some critter had bedded down recently.

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"The road ahead leads ever on
down from my door where it began
to where many paths and errands meet." - JRR Tolkien
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