18: JMT

CALIFORNIA - June 29- July 6th

It was the best of times, it was well, the best of times!

This section of the PCT, where it coincides with the JMT and Sierra's, has been phenomenal! I'm still trying to digest all the amazing views I've seen and passes I've crossed over but this has been the most incredible stretch of trail for me so far. Now that I'm in Mammoth Lakes, CA, we've officially done all five of the major passes; Forester, Glen, Pincote, Mather and Muir and crossed two of our major river fords; Evolution and Bear. 

I was super glad I had my microspikes be used there was still some snow left on many of the passes but the spikes over my shoes gave me all the traction in the world trudging up and down the icy bits. 

 entering John Muir Wilderness!

entering John Muir Wilderness!

 I thought about having a swim out to the island and then reached down to feel the temperature or the water. Needless to say that plan was quickly nixed. 

I thought about having a swim out to the island and then reached down to feel the temperature or the water. Needless to say that plan was quickly nixed. 

 officially on the John Muir Trail!

officially on the John Muir Trail!

 this section of trail has been incredibly diverse- moving above treeline to densely packed forest patches. 

this section of trail has been incredibly diverse- moving above treeline to densely packed forest patches. 

 so many flowers are starting to bloom!

so many flowers are starting to bloom!

 I'm really going to miss these mountains!

I'm really going to miss these mountains!

 it's so nice when we can rock hop a stream instead of ford through it in our shoes!

it's so nice when we can rock hop a stream instead of ford through it in our shoes!

 so many hidden lakes! I'm loving it!!!

so many hidden lakes! I'm loving it!!!

 nomnomnom 

nomnomnom 

 just some deer, roaming free

just some deer, roaming free

 through the snow and ice cold water, dedicated soldiers to the trial.

through the snow and ice cold water, dedicated soldiers to the trial.

 these lakes were the bluest of blue, and so clear we could see straight to the bottom where there wasn't ice.

these lakes were the bluest of blue, and so clear we could see straight to the bottom where there wasn't ice.

 Snow bridge

Snow bridge

One of the most terrifying moments of my hiking career. Look closely, the trail goes right over a snow bridge. Didn't realize it until I was halfway over but directly underneath us was a raging river. A few more weeks of warm sunny weather and that bridge will likely be gone.  

 I hope this inst the edge of the Earth!

I hope this inst the edge of the Earth!

 the top of Muir Pass

the top of Muir Pass

Reading The Wild Muir, on the steps of the Muir Hut, while on top of Muir Pass, in the John Muir Wilderness. #Inception much?!?!

 took a little side trip down the Goddard Cajon Trail. Heard from some trial maintainers that it was worth it so took a chance and it definitly paid off! Here's just one of the many waterfalls I saw along the trail. Spent a good hour there just trying to take it all in and didn't see another person the whole 13 miles. 

took a little side trip down the Goddard Cajon Trail. Heard from some trial maintainers that it was worth it so took a chance and it definitly paid off! Here's just one of the many waterfalls I saw along the trail. Spent a good hour there just trying to take it all in and didn't see another person the whole 13 miles. 

 Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

 leaving the John Muir Wilderness :(

leaving the John Muir Wilderness :(

 made it to mile 900! Only 6ish more mile to Mammoth!

made it to mile 900! Only 6ish more mile to Mammoth!

I'll hopefully be back with more shortly, for now it's bedtime- and in a real bed so... #sleepingintomorrow :)

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