Daily Archives: June 13, 2013

June 13, 2013

Day 58: Muir Pass [mp 838.56]

Had a hard time sleeping last night because I was sleeping on a slope much greater than I’m used to. Kept waiting for the sun to appear off towards Mather Pass, but then realized I was turned around a bit and it was going to pop right over the cliff in front of me.

I had a very non-PCT morning. While still in my sleeping bag I made coffee. It was very nice sitting on that cliff/rock in my sleeping bag overlooking the lake. Drinking coffee and reading the New Yorker was really pleasant.

After I packed up I walked back up to the other lake to retake a 1996 photo. Yet again, I burned up another 45 minutes scaling around the cliffs looking for that secret camping spot. Still never found it. Was a bit frustrated I wasn’t even really hiking until about 10am.

Ran into a hiker I hadn’t met before. He was eating an avocado and he launched the pit one direction and threw the skin down inbetween some rocks. It was too late to do anything about it so I let it be. Reminded me of one time in Oz when this guy I had been biking with for the day threw his banana peel behind a rock…right next to the 12 Apostles, a huge tourist area. I picked it up and he said “…but it is biodegradeable…” It is, after many years. Reminds me why I hate that biodegradeable soap, people think that they can just use it in creeks and be fine. They don’t bother to read the directions, hence a few of the creeks in the Sierras have soap bubbles in them.

Anyways, the scenery was really pretty today. The trail snaked its way down into King’s Canyon. I ran into SL and Yeah Yeah again. The trail got down low, around 8500 feet and you could see aspen trees and whatnot. I stopped by the middle fork of the King’s Canyon River and ate lunch, then moved on.

It was ten miles to the top of Muir pass and I hoofed it hard, hoping to be there by around 6:30. That time came and went and it wasn’t until about 8:30 that I made it to the top. The trail was buried in snow, what was not buried had a creek running through it. There was a lot of scrambling. When I got to the first lake I thought I didn’t have much farther, then was frustrated when I realized I still had another 2.6 miles and 1600 feet to climb. I was a bit annoyed for taking so long this morning…I was going to miss sunset. After an eternity I saw the hut at Muir Pass up on the horizon.

Got to the pass and there was one guy camped there. Last time I was here there were 19 people camped ontop. 40 miles to my next resupply, looks like I will have enough food to make it. Still have a big portion of M & M’s that are unopened, I don’t think they will survive tomorrow though.

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7:22am
Morning coffee in bed.
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8:37am
View from camp

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9:21am
View from higher up trying yet again to find my camp from 96
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9:29am

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9:40am
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10:25am

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10:35am
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10:54am
The trail drops and drops (or climbs and climbs if you are southbound)

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11:09am
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11:42am

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2:41pm
In the picture I have of this from 1996 the dead tree is standing
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3:38pm
This waterfall went the whole way down

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4:07pm
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4:18pm
Looks like something really whacked the bridge during a heavy runoff

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4:21pm
The John Muir Trail and PCT are the same trail about 80 percent of the time (I think)
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4:32pm

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4:37pm
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4:50pm

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5:03pm
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5:05pm
Big Pete Meadow

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5:25pm
The trail follows the creek the whole way to its source near Muir Pass
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5:28pm

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5:41pm
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5:49pm
You see these every time you pass 10k feet

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6:15pm
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7:20pm
You lose the trail a lot through here

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7:23pm
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7:35pm

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7:51pm
This is how clear the water is
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7:53pm
A cairn. People build these to help you find the correct way to go through the snow

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7:55pm
Helen Lake
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7:57pm
Looks like someone pushed all the way through the snow. You can hurt yourself if you hit a rock/etc. Some steps are firm, others are not. Ironically, I crashed through a few steps after taking this photo.

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8:24pm
Finally, Muir Pass is just up there, took forever to get to.
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8:35pm

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8:40pm
I missed the sunset but got its leftovers. That is the Muir Hut there.
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8:44pm

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8:44pm
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9:24pm
All my socks were wet so I put my long johns on upside down to keep my feet warm

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9:30pm
10pm dinner