August 1 – The Perfect View

When your heart speaks, take good notes.
~Judith Campbell

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.

Morning Light
Morning Light
Blow Downs from the Roots
Blow Downs from the Roots
Clearing of the Trees
Clearing of the Trees
Old Burn and Blow Downs
Old Burn and Blow Downs
Conner - JMTer
Conner – JMTer
Very Helper Packer
Very Helper Packer
Shadow Lake
Shadow Lake
Sunset Over Mount Banner and Ritter
Sunset Over Mount Banner and Ritter
Mammoth Mountain at Sunset
Mammoth Mountain at Sunset
Campsite
Campsite

8 Comments

  1. Very inspirational. Hope your 2015 adventures were awesome. I was in Tahoe in early August, but I just learned of TRT. I am a noob but not for long…thx

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  3. deebie brown

    Ah, Grace is dancing with you!

    I need to find out where this bus to the high trail is, and wander there.

    More happy trails!

    • Shuttle bus from Mammoth Ski Area to Agnew Meadows Trail Head, then take the High Trail. You can just go in about 2 or 3 miles and turn around and you will experience views of Shadow Lake, Banner and Ritter, aspens, springs, wildflowers, lush forest, and open land. All in a short hike. Deal.

  4. steve scarano

    Can anyone give me a US postal mailing address for this good woman?
    Steve Scarano
    sjs072opd@hotmail.com

    • Hello Steve,
      Thank you for the offer to send something to me on the trail, but my travels for this summer are over. Work calls. Family calls. I am thankful for my followers and their support!
      Happy Hiking to You!
      Rockin’

  5. I always feel so much better when you are able to connect up with other hikers. I know how much you enjoy the new acquaintances. More to add to your book! You are seeing some beautiful country and we get to enjoy it through you. Thanks. Happy Hiking.

    • Ahhh Clare,
      It means so much to me that you are enjoying nature and adventure through the photos. The people ARE so interesting, diverse, friendly, and positive. Thank you for posting.

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