Day 55: Muir Pass

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast night when I was looking at today’s profile I tought it was gonna be tough and hard. But then again a pass on the John Muir Trail that is called Muir Pass, that must be a beautiful pass. To my surprise it was a very pleasant uphill. It was stunningly beautiful. The trail was enjoyable. We had lots of river crossings with logs or stepping stones. We had to pay a little more attention to where the trail was going, twice I ended up on the wrong side of a river. There were patches of snow to cross. All these little challenges made me like it even more.

The lake I didn't swim in

The lake I didn’t swim in

View from the lake I swam in

View from the lake I swam in

The lake I did swim in

The lake I did swim in

More lakes

More lakes

Ewalk going on top of Muir hut: 

Who in the right mind goes up here. This is so steep. This doesn’t feel safe. Not safe at all. Scary.

Ewalk on top of the hut

Ewalk on top of the hut

The way down was also beautiful. Due to our long lunch break we had to keep moving though.

We have gotten into the habit of having dinner before mosquito-time. At around 17:00 we sat down. I had an organic and vegan lentil, rice and Indian spices dinner, that I got from a JMT hiker in Independence. Well vegan, I put in the crumbles of my turkey jerkey and the crumbles of my trailmix. Anyhow it was delicious.

Mosquitoe-time was early today. It had actually already started during dinner. Podcast and Ewalk and I, we all forgot to buy mosquitoe spray in Independence / Lone Pine. We are armed with garlic that supposedly helps against them. Seems to work a little.

We walked downhill along a growing river. We see more and more water falls. It’s beautiful.  I always wander where all the water comes from. Especially now after having hiked in the dry desert areas. It’s so much water that flows by. And we had to cross that river just 1.5 miles before where we wanted to camp. The first crossing in the Sierras without log, stepping stones or bridge. We crossed with our shoes on. One of the reasons for trail runners (well mine are now a low non-waterproof walking shoe) is that they dry out soon. Well we will see. The skin on my feet was all crumbly at camp.

We have a slightly too large goal this leg. We got up at 5 this morning, and we were hiking by 6:30. We had two significant breaks of more than one hour and some small breaks for filtering water or toilet, so let’s say three and a half hours of no hiking. We got to camp at 20:45h. We hiked for almost 11 hours today. 

Evening

Evening

Miles hiked: 19.6 miles

Big Pete Meadow (832.7) – South Fork San Joaquin River (852.3)

Elevation: 8530 ft

Weather: Sunny

 

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