It ended up being a 20 mile day … that’s just how it worked out with the passes and campsite (had to get over the pass to get to this lake)! When I started out from Glen Aulin camp, it was nice and cool, and the first stretch was surprisingly cruisy! Soft forest floor and not too steep.
That changed soon and the “Roman rock roads” were back 🙂 There were some steep uphills and then I had a nice lunch on the sandy beaches of Miller Lake. The breeze was just enough to keep the skeeters away!
Shortly after that the long hot afternoon climb to Benson Pass started.
I find big uphills in the afternoons so much harder when it’s hot, and today was no exception. I took numerous breaks but eventually made it up Benson Pass and over, and down to Smedberg Lake. Gorgeous!
I ran into Joe who is camped with his two buddies JJ and Steve “next door”, currently playing the guitar for all of us. He even agreed to heat up my coffee water in the morning since my gas canister is getting very low (best to save it for dinners).
The view from my tent is great and I’m glad I made it here! Only 48.5 miles to Sonora Pass!!