Hiking the trail (center/right of pic) up to Muir Pass
On our way to Muir Pass, not bad to look at, right?
(trail to the left)
Still hiking up to Muir Pass
I'm thinking this might be Sapphire Lake (I'll have to check with John)
Still going up to Muir Pass
360 view at the top of Muir Pass
Muir Hut in the distance (middle of picture)
Muir Hut up close
We ran into some PCT hikers as we were packing up and they told us the other side of Muir Pass was the most difficult one they've crossed. Great. Because we were just about to begin doing that in about 2 minutes.
Snowman at the top of Muir Pass, created and left by previous hikers
Looking back on the landscape we'd just hiked
John overlooking where we just came
Difficult it was. It was heavily covered in snow. John had to try and figure out where the trail might be because so much of it was covered, so we just started hiking in a general direction. I hated it. Descending on steep, snow covered mountainsides is scary. But we got through it! We had to cross a lot of creeks and snow covered areas but we finally made it out of there.
Going down the other side of Muir Pass
Still going down
Rocky trail (trail to the left and curves to middle of pic)
Trail to the left, packed snow and stream to the right
After that we descended a lot (2400 feet). Then we came along a great camping spot a little earlier than planned but decided to stay because getting down from Muir Pass was more difficult than we planned. Plus mine and Vegas' feet were killing us (blisters).
So happy to see grass and little wildflowers!
Again, yay grass!
What hurts: blisters on my feet!! So many new ones. John's feet are sore too. Other than that, we're good.
Campsite for the night
Total JMT miles: 131
*Side note: This may sound silly but I am just now thinking I can complete this trail. I haven't had much confidence in myself and with 6 days left I'm thinking I might be able to do this. 6 days...