Day 13. Snowy Passes. July 3, 2016

6am to 7pm. Between Laurel Lake and Bighorn Pass to Deer Lake. 15.4 miles

It was cold this morning. Since we started out with a steep uphill we warmed up quickly. The snow made things interesting again. Microspikes are our saviors out here.  The snow was frozen with a slight crunch on the surface. The microspikes bit into it perfectly. It’s like having 4 wheel drive.

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On our way up Bighorn Pass

Bighorn Pass was first.

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Rosy Finch Lake from top og Bighorn Pass

Shout of Relief Pass was next. It is supposed to be easy hiking between the 2. But snow complicated things and made us take a very circuitous route. Several times we were walking on very steep snow where falling was not an option. But it felt very safe.

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The north side of Shout of Relief Pass had lots of snow of course but it was pretty easy walking across it.

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North from Shout of Relief Pass

Cotton Lake was one of the prettiest lakes I’ve seen out here. 

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We had a huge downhill after that. We crossed huge granite slabs, nice  grassyramps, huge boulders, areas with lots of trees…. pretty much everything but always steep downhill.

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My finger is pointing at Shout of Relief Pass

We finally got to Horse Heaven. Weird name but it’s a meadow where several big creeks join. Plus there is a trail which we took to the JMT/PCT for 6 miles. We agreed to meet at the next trail junction so we could each just walk. No waiting. No hurrying.  

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Virginia Lake on the JMT/PCT

We branched off to Duck Lake Trail for a couple miles. At Duck Pass we got cell service so of course we had to stop for a break.

Then it was a couple cross country miles to Deer Lakes where we are camped. It was a good long day.

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We get to Mammoth Lakes tomorrow. We are all so ready for town and a zero.

2 thoughts on “Day 13. Snowy Passes. July 3, 2016

  1. Warren

    Cotton Lake was one of the prettiest lakes I’ve seen out here. (I agree, I said something like Cotton Lake is so beautiful on Rockin’ blog) Absolutely lovely.

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    1. Warren

      I meant to say that your 13 hour day is mega! The promise of a town day must have really motivated you all, especially Wired saying can you just turn off you devices and get moving! Glad you all made it.

      Reply

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