I had about 6 days without much going on. Since I was free I decided to go out and hike the John Muir Trail. It was great to get back out on good trail tread and hike. I averaged about 35 miles per day and completed the trail in 5.5 days. I was hoping for a little bit more snow on the passes, but in this low snow year that wasn’t happening. It was amazing to see the difference in the landscape and amount of snow from when I skied through about a month ago. The seasons had definitely changed, the mosquitos were already starting to come out, and areas were already beginning to dry out. On previous PCT thru-hikes I was navigating and following map and compass through the basins and over passes. My shoes were wet for two weeks straight through this segment. On this hike I could follow trail over passes and only had wet shoes for half of a day and was able to easily cross most of the fords by rock-hopping. It was great to see the Range of Light under a completely different “light”.
Here are a few pictures from the trip.