Rocks and lakes. And more rocks. Tonight I will dream about stepping on, over and up rocks and boulders of any size. Because that’s what I did all day long!
I started from Matlock Lake around 7:30am. The climb to Kearsarge Pass wasn’t bad but frequent stops to chat with other hikers took time! Jenga was heading down into town, Deuce was heading up, Alex was training for a FKT of the Colorado Trail! The trail was busy all day today; I ran into hikers everywhere (it’s the JMT and very popular). I am now in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. There will be quite a few more National Parks to pass through!
I enjoyed the fantastic views from Kearsarge Pass, then started the descent back to the PCT.
Soon the climb to Glen Pass started which wasn’t easy with lots of rocks and steps and people! But the views were great!
On the other side, I had a few short snow sections and then reached Rae Lakes.
This area was probably the most scenic I have seen so far. I cooled off my feet in the lake and took an afternoon break.
The last 6 miles were downhill but not even faster than the uphill: lots of big rocks to step over or down from so one has to walk carefully.
I finally made it to Woods Creek and the suspension bridge. A few other people are camped around and my new friend Nuri (young kid, part of the group “next door”) asked lots of questions about my gear and really wanted to take my picture.
It’s 9pm already and my legs are tired! It was a big day, 17 miles or so but lots of up and down!