Leaving Lake Marjorie
Heading towards Pinchot
Going up Pinchot
So we broke camp and headed to Pinchot Pass. We had to hike up 1000 feet over 1.5 miles. Pinchot Pass stands at 12,100 feet. We were shocked by how fast we did it. It wasn't easy but it wasn't as hard as I expected it to be. Oh, on the way to the pass we walked over a lot of ice, I was scared there would be some ice on the pass but there wasn't, thank goodness.
View at the top of Pinchot Pass
Us at the top of Pinchot
Frozen mud at the beginning of the day
Going down the other side of Pinchot
Beautiful Sierra mountains :)
We crossed a really cool suspension bridge that was way more wobbly than I thought it would be. Then we had lunch--peanut butter and honey tortilla wraps. There was a family of four there doing part of the JMT (the kids were probably in college) and it made me miss my family even more than I already do. We also ran into some other JMT hikers, a group of three guys and a couple. It was cool to run into them because we mostly see PCT hikers (because they're going the opposite direction as us, while most JMT hikers are going the same direction as us).
Rocks, rocks and more rocks
Beautiful waterfalls were aplenty in the Sierras
More rocks and mountains along the trail
Me walking across the suspension bridge
Anyway, hike, hike, hike. We had rolling and uphill terrain after lunch. Dan was hiking with us again today. He and John think we can summit Mount Whitney on Saturday instead of Sunday. That would be cool because it would be one day closer to a warm bed, shower and a decent meal. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the wilderness but it also makes you appreciate the small comforts of your day to day life. We'll have to play it by ear through because of my feet. But we're going to try.
A mule team transporting some type of goods along the trail
Beautiful Rae Lakes
Look at how clear that water is, so pure
Dinner is served
Our campsite at Rae Lakes
Total JMT miles: 172
Beautiful Rae Lakes at night