Still alive and well. Not much good cell service for a long while now. Have just a little at the top of a big hill. Nearing Belden, CA. Might have service there and we could do a blog update.
Lots of granite domes north of Tuolumne. Saw some nice water falls near Glen aulin. Slept on a big granite slab to get away from the mosquitoes. Nice sunset.
Took a bus to mammoth lakes to the motel 6 to get our next resupply at Sonora pass set up. We are hoping to make it back to Tuolumne on the bus tomorrow to get back to the trail. It is likely the next service we get will be South Tahoe in 10 ish days. The next section is supposed to be beautiful… but the mosquitoes are supposed to be the worst of the whole trail. Makes us wish we were willing to use deet. But long pants and long sleeve shirt and bandana and hat with head net will have to do. Also hopefully we can get new shoes before leaving mammoth since ours are pretty much dead.
Up and over Donahue pass. Mosquitoes are miserable, hard to enjoy the miles between island and Donahue passes. Once we crossed into Yosemite and dropped to the Lyell fork of the Tuolumne river the mosquitoes disappeared and we had a pleasant walk into Tuolumne meadows where we spent the night.
Up past Agnew meadows and the high trail which was surprisingly beautiful. Over to thousand island lake and then up and over island pass. Mosquitoes are getting steadily worse.
Down to Red’s meadows for a resupply and then a few more miles past Devil’s post pile. Past 900 mile mark.
Up and over Silver pass and to lake Virginia. A short day, but we really like this spot.
Up and over Seldon pass past Sallie Keys lake, Heart lake. The down past Marie lake and down to Bear creek with its many fords and some bad mosquitoes. Over Bear ridge to the mono creek bridge where we camped.
A short walk down to Muir trail ranch where we resupplied and spent the night.
Up early over Muir pass. The snowfields extended for 4-5 miles and were deteriorating into soft slush mud crap. Less than 1 mph for many hours. We did not like using the snow bridge that other hikers seemed to use and tried to find better routes. One snow bridge we could not avoid but we let some big dudes stomp across it before we tiptoed over it. After Muir hut/pass we made it down to Evolution lake with the intention of making an early camp, but some thunderclouds forced us down to near the Evolution creek ford near McClure meadows. The mosquitoes are getting worse but not terrible… yet.
Down past the Palisade lakes, down the golden staircase, down alongside Palisade creek, to a junction with a fork of the Kings river, up leconte canyon to a nice secluded spot a mile or two before we get to the frozen and snowy world around Muir pass.
Up pinchot pass. It was nice and easy with little snow. By lake Marjorie. An easy 10 miles down and up to Mather pass. Despite what southbound hikers said Mather pass was not easy. A mix of loose talus and soft snow with no trail for a half mile steeply downward. Took almost 2 hours to go a half mile. There were many places other people chose to glissade… but a surprising number of those tracks dead ended into rocks. Ouch. Found a nice campsite above upper Palisade lake to get a restful nights sleep.
Over Glen pass, by Rae lakes, down to the golden gate of the Sierras, up Woods creek. The pass was a little snowy but microspikes made those sections easy.