Friday, August 7, 2015

JMT Day 16: Center Basin Creek to Wright Creek

Day 16 was a big day. It was Forester Pass Day. I woke up at Center Basin Creek to find frost on my tent. Other campers nearby were freezing too:

Morning Sunshine

Then it was the long trek, all up hill, over Forester:

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Little Elephant's Head
Little Elephant's Head

Little Elephant's Head
Little Elephant's Head

Pika
Pika

Pika

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Sky Pilot
Sky Pilot

Are We There Yet?
There are people on top of this, and it's not even the top of Forester yet.

Pika
Pika

Pika

Pika

Sky Pilot
White sky pilot next to normal purple sky pilot

Sky Pilot
Could this be a hybrid of white and purple sky pilot?

Forester Pass
Forester Pass. And there are actually people up there in the picture.

Marmot
Forester Pass marmot

Finally, I made it to the top. Here's what I saw over the other side:

View from Forester Pass

OK, now just 8 more miles to go for the day...

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Tyndall Creek
Tyndall Creek

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Not the most beautiful part of the trail.

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And, finally I reached my destination, Wright Creek. It's just before Wallace Creek, which is a bigger camping spot with bear boxes. But we found a lovely spot by the creek to camp, and the water was warm enough to swim in that afternoon. It was FREEZING by the next morning though.

Day 16 miles hiked: 13.3
Day 16 elevation gain: 3375 ft
Total Distance Hiked to date: 121.4 mi
Total JMT distance hiked SOBO to date: 75.7 mi

All of my JMT photos can be seen here.

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