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Begins: May 6, 2017
Date: Fri, Aug 11th, 2017
Start: Marsh Creek
Daily Distance: 4
Trip Distance: 1,403.0
Entry Visits: 196
Journal Visits: 13,886
Guestbook Views: 120
Guestbook Entrys: 4
We walked 4 easy miles to highway 21, just as we exited the Wilderness
there was a traffic jam of RVs camping at the trailhead. It was like there
was a force field which wouldn't let them into the wilderness. That morning
I had joked to Heather that we still hadn't see a single ICT marker, like
the trail doesn't even exist. Then on the short dirt road there was a
marker. And then a second one. Possibly in the most useless place possible
on the entire trail. On a dirt road, not even at a junction.
We walked 15 more minutes and started our hitching. We got lucky as a
pickup came out of the dirt road we had come out on and grabbed us for the
cold ride in the back of the pickup to Stanley. Stanley was not great.
Population 62 full time residents and about 1,000 tourists with every motel
room booked. The famous Sawtooth mountains are here. After so many days in
the wilderness we just wanted a day to relax but we kind of expected this.
I searched for stealth camping around town but there are practically no
trees to hide a tent under. It's like the desert down here at 6,000'. We
debated heading back out but that felt so rushed and the only RV park in
town had the worst possible tenting for $ 30 with a porta potty for a toilet
and a live outdoor concert next door starting at 10:30 pm. Instead we
walked 1.5 miles to Lower Stanley and down a dirt forest service road to
decent and mostly quiet free camping. Not my idea of a perfect town night
but the best we can do for now. We did have good breakfast and ok pizza for
lunch and a nice library to relax at.
Interesting fire update while relaxing in Stanley. Several of the fires we
so deftly routed ourselves around have grown and essentially closed any
chance we would have had. Ultimately I guess we were pretty lucky. There's
no chance we would have connected our steps with all the closures in place
now. Phew, lucky, lucky with a fair bit of rerouting skill involved when we
had the chance.