It was a long day!
I was up at 5:15 and trying to hitch a ride back to the trail at 5:45…I only saw 5 cars go by in an hour (two were USFS work trucks). Luckily, I bumped into a hiker named Focus who I had met 1000 miles ago in SoCal and he had arranged a ride at 7:00.
Loading up the pickup truck to get back to the trailhead 10 miles away.
It was a bluebird day!
We all wound up taking lunch at the same spot (the last water source for 12 miles).
Lots of wildflowers today 🙂
There were actually more water sources than expected from all the cascades coming off the snow.
There were several small tricky sections of snow to traverse. I wound up snapping one of my hiking poles not too far from here 😦
Luckily, I got cell service at the top and sent an SOS to Katy at mission control to ship out one of my spares.
View from the top.
Much more rugged than I expected.
If you look closely at the horizon on the right side Mt Shasta is peaking above.
This was a big burn area with incredible wildflowers covering the hillside.
You’d think I was back in the Smoky Mtns !
We were actually in the Marble Mtn’s.
One more tricky snow field to end the day (with one pole).
I was getting to camp just as the sunset around 9:00…exhausted!