July 28 – All Downhill to the Hot Springs

If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.

Muir Pass to Blayney Hot Springs
18 miles

Oh baby It was all downhill today. All eighteen miles of it, passing through Evolution Basin and Valley, that features some of the most beautiful lakes surrounded by jagged austere peaks. The weather was perfect in a place of majestic beauty.

A few years ago just below Muir Pass is the location that I happened on a hiker lady that was sitting resting on a rock, the namesake of this blog. I have talked about this experience before on this site. If  you want to read about it click here. Anyway, in the course of the brief conversation I had with a her, she changed what I thought was possible. I could hike solo and the dream of section hiking the PCT was planted. It is a constant reminder of the impact we as people can have in just a brief conversation with a stranger.

At the crossing of Evolution Creek, which was an ankle-deep ford I talked to two very friendly cute college students. It turns out one of them is hoping to go to the school two of my kids also go to. I quickly handed them a Moo card with my contact information. The two gave me important and very timely advise. They said that the ferry going to Vermillion Valley Ranch where I am resupplying is not running because the water in the lake is too low. I am now going to take the Bear Ridge Trail to VVR. They also said that I should go to the hot springs at Muir Trail Ranch. It is 1 1/2 miles off the JMT trail. So here I sit after enjoying the warm healing water in a campsite near the hot springs meadow. So great! My only wish is I got a picture of the two helpful, very cute young ladies.

As I was walking today I spotted a fully inflated balloon complete with a Spider-man Mylar balloon. I cut it out of the tree and hiked with it. People liked the balloon as I was walking. I plan on throwing it away at VVR.

As I was walking to the hot springs I met a hiker that is a back country ski guide at China Peak Ski Area. Back-country Telemark skiing is a dream I hope to do someday. It was great talking to him. I am pretty sure I talked TOO much after being by myself for 7 days. How embarrassing. Oh and there was a bear in the camp this evening. There are many campers here so I am sure he is just scouting the camps. Tomorrow……all uphill to Selden Pass!

Sunrise on Muir Pass

Sunrise on Muir Pass

Rock where I met the Lady on a Rock

Rock where I met the Lady on a Rock

Sapphire Lake

Sapphire Lake

Crossing between Sapphire and Evolution Lakes

Crossing between Sapphire and Evolution Lakes

McClure Meadow

McClure Meadow

Evolution Creek Crossing

Evolution Creek Crossing

Love this Tree

Love this Tree

Cleared Downed Trees

Cleared Downed Trees

Blayney Hot Springs

Blayney Hot Springs

Backcountry Ski Guide at Hot Springs

Backcountry Ski Guide at Hot Springs

5 thoughts on “July 28 – All Downhill to the Hot Springs

  1. Pingback: High Sierra Bliss | Lady on a Rock

  2. I didn’t quite get the part about the inspiration from the lady on a rock.
    So much Gorgeousness! You are so inspiring!
    I have to do My version of such adventures next summer when I hope to be semi retired.
    Groove on!

    • Hello Deebie,
      You are so right this post did not make sense. It is so hard to write completely and logically at the end of a long day in a tent on an iPhone. Thank you for the catch. I just edited the entry and hopefully it is more clear now. Thank you for your compliments. The Sierras are so invigorating with something new at each turn. Happy planning, hiking, and congratulatuons on your semi retirement.

    • McClure Meadow was beautiful even though it looked like the end of September. It is so dry compared to last year and Evolution Basin is….just plain stunning. Everyone loves it.

Thoughts or questions? Love to hear from you...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s