June 17 – 14mi
Kern River Bridge
Left Kennedy Meadows just after noon. Crossed about 3 miles of the remaining “desert”, then started the climb up to 10k feet, and the start of the Sierra Nevada. It felt so good to be putting that last bit of the trail behind me.
June 18 – 20mi
Tentsite @ 736
Continued heading up into the mountains. The scenery started opening up today. Great views!
June 19 – 24mi
Rock Creek Camp
Stopped for lunch and a swim at Chicken Spring Lake. Camped at Rock Creek (760) to be close to the Mt. Whitney side trail.
June 20 – 7mi + 16mi
Summited Mt. Whitney today. At 14505 ft., it’s the highest peak in the 48 states. The trail up was good and the view from the top – epic!
June 21 – 17mi
Crossed the 13200 ft. Forester Pass. This is the highest point on the trail. The snow was melting fast, so I didn’t have a good slide down the far side. Another awesome spot though.
June 22 – 18mi
Tentsite @ 802
Crossed Glen Pass and had lunch at Rae Lakes. Nice spot. The next few days will be crossing a series of 12000ft. passes.
June 23 – 24mi
Climbed Pinchot and Mather Passes. Nice alpine lake in between them. The mosquitoes are starting to get bad down in the valleys now.
June 24 – 24mi
Crossed Muir Pass. It had the most snow by far. Made it over by noon before the snow got too soft. Finally got some good glissades in on the north side. I’m also getting into the creek crossings now.
June 25 – 24mi
Tentsite @ 874
Selden Pass today and found an epic tentsite. On the edge of a cliff with quite the view. It’ll be tough to top this one.
June 26 – 27mi
Came over Silver Pass and could smell smoke. There is a fire burning west of the trail and I could see part of it later in the day. Hoping this isn’t something I see much more of.
June 27 – 6mi
Caught up with some old friends and we hiked to Red’s Meadow for the bus into Mammoth Lakes. It was an amazing 10 days & 200 miles to get this far.