Begins: Apr 2, 2021
Date: Thu, Jul 8th, 2021
Start: Mile 862.5
End: VVR, Mile 874.5
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 904.5
Entry Visits: 606
Journal Visits: 16,970
Headed to Vermillion Valley Resort
I was up early and on the trail by 0600 as I had about 19 miles to do today to get to VVR. This encluded the 7 miles to hike down the bear ridge trail and then over to VVR on the access road. The first part of the day was ok with a moderate climb up to Seldon Pass. Although the trail faked me out a couple of times with some "false" tops or maybe I was just hoping. Seldon Pass is not that dramatic but it does have an very beautiful view of Marie Lake once you reach the pass. Once over the pass the trail was relatively flat trekking along Bear Creek. BUT with all the water in the area mosquitoes were very plentiful and hungry. I made it to the Bear Ridge trail and hiked down to the trailhead. This access trail in OK shape as I learned later, it is used by the local stables to take fishermen/women up to the lakes and streams around Bear Creek to fish. I was also able to connect with my personal trial angel by text and phone as there was reasonable ATT service on the way down. And there isn't service at VVR. On the way down I also had some nice views of Lake Edison or what was Lake Edison. I've been coming to this area for almost 40 years to backpack and fish along Mono Creek and the lakes in the area. I don't recall see Lake Edison this low. Definately in a drought.
Once I got down to the trailhead I still had a 2 mile dirt road walk to VVR. I was hiking along the road below the dam and I heard a couple of vehicles coming in my direction. I turned around and stuck out my thumb and got a ride to VVR by a couple of fishermen headed to VVR. That tailgate felt so good. Once I arrived at VVR I thanked my trail angel driver and was greeted by Megret (spelling?, but not Margeret) the mother of the future owner of VVR. The current owner Jim is selling after having own the resort for 20 years. He has really done a lot of improvements to the facility and seems to have a good crew working with him this year. VVR is a good place to resupply and take a zero for PCT and JMT hikers as well as fishermen/women and campers. The other service I took advantage of was the shuttle down to Fresno. As mentioned I've been nursing plantar faciitis since I've been back on trail and I'm tired of hurting so I'm taking some more time off the trail and may or may not return. As of this writing the Dixie fire is raging to the north and has closed another section of the trial. If I go back this year I'll return to VVR and hike to Sonora Pass. The trail will be there next seasona and I'll try finish then or as much as possible.
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