Monthly Archives: July 2016

Day 27. The HST Redeems Itself, Big Time. July 17, 2016.

6am to 5:20pm.
Moraine Lake to Bearpaw Meadow.
19.5 miles

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Morning at Moraine Lake

Early this morning it became obvious why the High Sierra Trail is such a popular hike and why all the people going the other direction were giving it a 2 thumbs up.

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Wild onions to add to lunch. Rockin shared her extra lunch of quinoa, chicken and spinach.

The views opened up to miles and miles of granite, wonderful meadows and lakes I never wanted to leave.

Kaweah Gap was gorgeous.

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Down from Kaweha Gap

Precipice Lake was spectacular and we all wished we were there any time but midday for better lighting.

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Precipice Lake

The trail down to Hamilton Lake was a total engineering marvel complete with a tunnel blasted thru the granite.

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Down to Hamilton Lake

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So much gorgeous granite

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Once we got to Hamilton Lake I had to jump in. The bottom was slimy and slippery so it took a bit of balancing to avoid getting completely wet before I was ready. The hot granite slabs were just what I needed to warm up.

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We got to Bearpaw Meadows High Sierra Camp and were told we could get a beer and brownie. Awesome. We went to the campground, set up tents and returned for a beer in the most spectacular setting imaginable. And we could have gotten dinner if we had given them 24 hour notice.

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The campsite isn’t anything special and I didn’t even take a photo of it.