I woke up late and headed out even later. My general schedule was waking up around 8am and leaving around 9am. Others wake up and get going much earlier, but if you wait as long as I do, all of the condensation on your tent will dry before you pack it up and leave. Plus it's not as cold when you get out of your sleeping bag.
I started the short part of the trail I would travel before the turn-off for Goodale Pass. This part of the trail passes and looks down on a number of lakes, all with "racist names" as a drunk guy at VVR rightly pointed out the next day: Squaw Lake, Warrior Lake, Papoose Lake, Lake of the Lone Indian, etc.
Looking down at a lake
The turn-off for Goodale Pass
I knew I was going to hike up to nearly 12,000 feet. What I did not yet know was: where. Looking at the mountains around the turn-off, I wondered what, exactly, I would have to hike up. Unlike many passes, Goodale never really becomes visible until the very, very end. You just keep going up a little more, a little more, and then you see the next little bit you have to go up. But the reward is great, because Graveyard Meadows, which you hike through on the other side of the pass, is gorgeous.
Here's what I saw on the way up Goodale:
Holy pink paintbrush, Batman! Lemmon's Paintbrush. Castilleja lemmonii.
Rockfringe. Epilobium obcordatum. Evening primrose family.
And... at last. I think this is the top.
Then a quick descent down into Graveyard Meadows. All in all, the day was about 2 miles up and 10 miles down, down, down. And I felt good for about 8 of them. Turns out, not eating enough was a bad idea.
And... at last I reached VVR. I was half dead by the time I got there, and the free beer I got after arriving did wonders to revive me. If you're doing the JMT, then don't miss VVR. Between the excellent food, the camaraderie, the showers, the laundry, and the free beer, the place is a much needed morale booster at that point in the hike. It's also a great spot for the NOBO and SOBO hikers to compare notes and prepare one another for the next leg of the trip.
Day 10 miles hiked: 12
Day 10 elevation gain: 1700 ft
Total Distance Hiked to date: 75.3 mi
Total JMT distance hiked to date: 48.1 mi
All of my JMT photos can be seen here.
Previous JMT posts:
- Planning my Itinerary
- Getting My Permit
- Training for Mountains in a Flat State
- JMT Training Hike and Gear Test 1: San Bernardino Peak
- JMT Training Hike 2: El Capitan Open Space Preserve
- JMT Training Hike 3: Noble Canyon, Bottom Up
- Food and Resupplies
- The Camera
- JMT Training Hike 4: Mt. Baldy
- New Training Plan
- Last Minute Prep, Freaking Out, and Loose Ends
- Day 1: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley
- Day 2: Half Dome
- Day 3: Little Yosemite Valley to Past Sunrise Creek
- Day 4: Before Sunrise High Sierra to Tuolumne Meadows
- Day 5: Lyell Canyon Out and Back
- Day 6: A Quick Jaunt on the PCT
- Day 7: Red's to Deer Creek
- Day 8: Deer Creek to Lake Virginia
- Day 9: Lake Virginia to Squaw Lake
- Reducing Pack Weight and Changing Food