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PCT - Mono Crk to Reds Meadow

 
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Location: Out on the trail.....

PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: PCT - Mono Crk to Reds Meadow  Reply with quote

Photos and GPS data here
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2207403

https://picasaweb.google.com/100278045968795483805/20130707#

Silver Pass Lake


Chief Lake




This trip closed the last gap in my PCT "Segment" hike for Section H. Leaving Sections I, L, & M (209.4 miles) to complete Central California

My friends and I did a "Key exchange"  for this trip as the drive from Reds Meadow to VVR is about 7hrs according to Google Maps.

This segment is logistically difficult for the Section hiker since it crosses from the Western Sierra to the Eastern Sierra. Making the choice of starting and ending trailheads difficult with epic shuttles.

July 3rd
I arrived at Vermillion Valley Resort about 3pm and got a ferry ride in a small boat to the other end of the lake.Starting to hike at 5pm. I made for the camp I knew of from a traditional rock work skills training I joined in 2006 3.9 miles from the end of the ferry ride.

When I got to the camp I marveled considering the number of people (20+) who used this camp for more than a month it is remarkable there is little evidence of it's use.

July 4th
Got moving at 5:45am. I was eager to see how the work we did fared since 8/2006 and was greeted with a well built segment of trail at the crossing of Silver Pass Creek. The only thing that didn't hold up was the stepping stones across the creek!

The trip to Silver Pass was easier than I thought. Looking back south you can see what I think was Recess Peak. At Silver Lake looking north you see what appears to be Silver Pass but is a false pass the real pass a couple hundred feet higher and a bit to the right.

I pushed on through the pass past Chief and Squaw lakes with Silver Divide as a breathtaking backdrop.

Down to Cascade Valley and the well built stock bridge over Fish Crk I stopped for lunch along the roaring crk.

Got going about 1pm heading for Virginia Lake going through Tully Hole.

There is no "hole" here Wink  just a series of switchbacks I guess it is a hole when you are looking way down to the meadow. from the top of the switchbacks. There was some cloud cover and booming of thunder clouds but I got just a few rain drops.

Crossed an unnamed pass and dropped to Virginia Lake. The wind is strong here and despite waiting an hour or two it showed no signs of dissipating. So I filled my water bottles and headed north.

I came to another unnamed pass with little wind and good shelter from any. I made camp here. I read 15.68 miles on the GPS. No lightning just some diminishing thunder for my July 4th fireworks

An InReach message said I should meet my friends about 1pm tomorrow

July 5th
Got going about 5:50am heading for rendezvous with my friends. It was a bit further to Purple Lake than I expected. As you may have guessed it is not Purple, Violet nor any other shade of Purple! It is a nice place though a little buggy.

I noted many backpackers where camped at the edge of the lake. Despite permit restrictions.

I pressed on and stopped for a break about 10am. I noted a message on the InReach the rendezvous is off. they are going ti Ivy Bell Hot Springs? I reply "Huh so now what?", they reply "the truck is in C parking" I reply "Ok I'm exiting today see you on Saturday ? "

The take away after reaching the truck there was a note that they where "Detouring to the hot springs" I'm still a bit confused but after considering it they would have said "DO NOT LEAVE WE ARE COMING BACK HERE"

I include this to point out the InReach is great but you need to consider the message in BOTH directions. Much was left unsaid on both ends.

I took a long break at Deer Creek and headed for Reds Meadow. I noted the map is not very accurate in places and the trail crosses many creeks over small footbridges and several springs.

As I was coming into Reds Meadow I saw the SoCal PCTA "Trail Gorillas" where here. I waited for 2hrs but my friends Pete and Jerry where late in coming and I was hungry and anxious as to whether I was going to have to wait or leave. My right Index Toe the nail was messed up and nearly coming off , and wanted to tend to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a lot of miles in not many days.
How about bugs?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found if you stayed above 10,000 ft no bugs...

Definitely more bugs south of silver pass .

Purple lake as I passed through was the buggiest spot north of silver pass

I saw some folks hiking with head nets

I just hosed down with "Bens 100"


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tully Hole according to Sierra Nevada Place Names is named after Gene Tully an early USFS ranger who would rest his stock here

Purple Lake
"Many Hued rocks reflect in it's water, giving it a purple tint at certain times of the day"
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