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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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And Still More Snow
I'm in Bishop relaxing with Boulderbunny! I promised myself I would hit the trail early to make it to my rendezvous in Red's Meadow. I only slept in a little before hitting the trail at a still-frosty 5:45AM.
As expected, I hit pretty solid snow cover at Virginia Lake (10,300 feet). I didn't see a dry way to cross the lake inlet, so I ended up wading. Brrrr! Somehow I completely forgot about the up and down between Virginia Lake, Purple Lake, and Duck Creek from my JMT hike. There was still lots of snow, and following the trail was difficult and time-consuming. The hills down to Purple Lake and Duck Creek were still icy and tedious to descend. I expected to find clear trails descending below west-facing slopes before Duck Creek. For a time, this was true. However, past Deer Creek, the snow returned, and I had to slog across large patches all the way down past Crater Meadows. I admit to getting really tired of hiking across snow.
I made it to Red's Meadow at about 1:30PM. I was looking forward to a cold drink and a snack, but the store wasn't open for the season yet. But the pay phone was working (no cell coverage), so I called Bb (who I figured was somewhere on Highway 395 near Mammoth by that time) to let her know where I was. I was a bit early, so I relaxed in the shade until Bb arrived. It was so nice to see her. Being away from Bb has been the hardest part of my PCT adventure. [Aww, shucks. -Bb]
Since the mandatory Devils Postpile shuttle wasn't running yet (but will be on June 14), Bb was able to drive down to Red's Meadow to pick me up. She was really excited about being able to drive to Devils Postpile (because you either have to take the shuttle, pay a fee at the gate, or have reservations at the resort or for horse-packing), so we took advantage of having a car and stopped to visit Devils Postpile. I had never been there before. It is a cool rock formation of basalt ("columnar basalt"), and worth the 10-minute walk from the parking area to see. At the top of the road by the entrance gate there is also a very nice vista point with great views of Banner and Ritter.
We're staying in Bishop for a few days, while in there, we'll probably do a little easy hiking since this area is one of Bb's favorite places on the east side of the Sierra.
I think I lost quite a bit of weight coming through the High Sierra. I'm sure I'll eat enough food in the next few days to put some pounds back on.
Martin "Lei Low"
Tales From The Crest
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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