When your heart speaks, take good notes.
Duck Pass Trail Junction to High Trail above Shadow Lake
15.7 walking miles
8 bus miles
I don’t even know how to begin about today…
I cruised the 10 miles into Red Meadow to enjoy a very lengthy lunch (3 hours). On the way I ran into Conner who is hiking the JMT with his dad and grandpa. They have planned for a whole year. It was heart warming meeting the trio. Back to lunch. Not only did it take a while to eat my BLT, chips, salsa, coffee, and pie, but I enjoyed visiting with Lifeboat and Magnet. They were at Reds to meet Lifeboat’s parents that will be there in a couple of days.
Everyone was so friendly and positive at the cafe. I loved the atmosphere. It also helped that I was able to contact family and friends. I decided to take the bus to the High Trail where the PCT and JMT split for a few miles. Turns out that is one of the better ideas I have had.
Within a few minutes after hitting the trail I talked to a cowboy that was leading pack horses. He was super friendly and tipped me on to the campsite I am at right now overlooking Mammoth Mountain, the Minarets, Banner, and Ritter. Super awesome! I recommend the High Trail. It is gorgeous with views, aspens, many springs, and thick lush vegetation. The only drawback is it is used by pack animals that have made the trail a fine dusty dirt., The sunset tonight was quite enjoyable and serene. I loved today.