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Jason "Space Cowboy" Bobier
City: San Francisco
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 15, 2007
Date: Wed, Jun 27th, 2007
Start: Intersection of Palisades Creek and Middle Fork Kings River
End: Evolution Lake
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 875.6
Entry Visits: 714
Journal Visits: 84,092
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Guestbook Entrys: 143
Over Muir Pass
We climbed and climbed today to get over Muir Pass. Another 4000' climb over 9 miles. It took 8 hours of climbing with several false summits to get us to Muir Hut, a storm hut on the top of Muir Pass built by the Sierra Club and the Forest Service back in 1930.
To climb the pass, the PCT followed the Middle Fork of the Kings River all of the way to its origins. There were several lakes and waterfalls as we climbed up, so the beauty kept us enthralled even tho the climb was tough.
Along the way we met our first ranger, Dave Gordon, who was super nice and we stopped and chatted with him for quite a while. He laughed at our bear spray and said it was totally unnecessary with black bears. He also gave us snow reports about the passes.
Camp was made on the other side of the pass at Evolution Lake. Another beautiful Sierra lake.
I feel like we are flying through the Sierras. Too fast, really. This is one of the most amazing places on earth and we don't have time to check anything out for very long. I think 8-10 miles a day would be a much better pace. And I'd bring a fishing pole and a frying pan. I'll have to hike this again someday and take the time to explore.
Hiking 20 miles a day in the desert wasn't that big of a deal since interesting features were much farther apart. Here tho, I'm overwhelmed with the incredible sights every moment.
For the last hour of the climb up Muir Pass, I kept thinking this is THE lake right before the top. Nope, guess it wasn't that one. Nope, not that one either or that one. Finally, we reached the top and hung out in the cool Muir Hut. I'm still pleasantly surprised every day by the amount of water we pass. It's great only carrying about 1 liter at a time.
I agree with Jason. The mileage we've been doing has been too much in this area. There are too many gorgeous places that I would have liked to have spent more time.
Pacific Crest Trail 2007
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
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