Thursday, June 30, 2016
Wednesday, June 29
Today's objective was to go about six and a half miles down the PCT and then turn off and hike about seven and a half miles out, over Kearsarge Pass to meet Mighty Mouse's husband, Tim, at the Onion Valley trailhead for a ride to Lone Pine and a couple nights in a hotel there to rest up, clean up, and resupply for the next 90 mile stretch.
After two pretty tough days I was thinking this day would be easier. It was not. Along this stretch the PCT shares trail with the John Muir Trail. The JMT trail builders were a tougher breed than the PCT builders, and seem to be happy to make their trail much steeper.
Kearsarge is a tough resupply, but the alternative would be carrying a whole lot of food, so the 15 mile round trip is necessary for many hikers.
Still, despite the tough miles today, the Sierras continue to amaze with fantastic, jaw dropping scenery.