I spent a couple days at Kennedy Meadows, cleaning up, filling up, and socializing. The large group that was present Thursday night was reduced in size by Friday night; a portion of hikers decided to hitch north and avoid the snowy sierra. As I would find out, the fears of snow were unfounded, as the only snow I encountered was a half-mile section coming down the north side of Forester pass. And I can definitely feel the change in the trail, this is no longer high desert, but high Sierra … Alpine lakes, deer, marmots, snow-capped peaks, bears, and JMT hikers everywhere!
Day 39: Saturday 5/23/2015, 15.1mi/24.2km
Day 40: Sunday 5/24/2015, 19.9mi/32.0km
Day 41: Monday 5/25/2015, 10.6mi/17.1km
Day 42: Tuesday 5/26/2015, 0mi/0km
Battery died! No pictures, Zero day in Lone Pine.
Day 43: Wednesday 5/27/2015, 0mi/0km
Day 44: Thursday 5/28/2015, 14.1mi/22.7km
Surprise! My dad joined for a week, from Lone Pine to Reds Meadow (150 miles + Mt. Whitney)
Day 45: Friday 5/29/2015, 25.2mi/40.6km
Going up to Mt Whitney Summit….
Day 46: Saturday 5/30/2015, 15.8mi/25.4km
Day 47: Sunday 5/31/2015, 10.0mi/16.1km
We jumped off the trail for a few days at Kearsarge Pass (Onion Valley trailhead). The original plan was for us to get to Reds Meadow (155 trail miles) in 8 days, which was pretty ambitious, especially given the altitude of 10k+ feet and the crossing of 4 high mountain passes. After sustaining a post-holing injury coming down Forester pass, we decided to do some local dayhikes in the Sierra region.
Sorry to miss you at Whitney. That would have been cool. But I’m glad you
are moving along.
Goody I and keep in touch.
Thanks Mark! Sounds like we missed each other by just a couple days. Let’s connect in the fall for some rocky, wet, non-switchbacked ADK trails! 🙂
Looks like the weather has been good to you. Love the captions and the pictures!