Day 113 - 7/20/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA).
July 26, 2018
Mile 998.96 to 978.19 for 20.77 miles with an elevation gain of 3043 and loss of 3791. Total PCT miles 1482.98. Camped by a small creek at an elevation of 8299. We woke to clear skies and were hiking at 6:36 and into camp at 6:45. It was slower getting out of camp today with having to deal with bear bins. We had a warm night and warm day. After about 2 miles we crossed into Yosemite National Park. We did not encounter any Rangers although we passed by a Ranger hut. The trail passed several lakes and boggy areas. We were forewarned by NOBO hikers about massive mosquitoes by Dorothy and Wilmer lakes and saw many hikers in full rain gear and mosquito nets on this hot day. We found the mosquitoes annoying at times, but never to the point of inducing insanity. Almost 10 miles of the trail was basically flat as we passed the boggy areas. We particularly enjoyed Falls Creek where at lunch a small frog about 1” long sat with me for quite some time. After the boggy areas the trail turned to mostly granite slabs and steps. In several places the granite was laid like paving stones. The weather changed by 1:30 with thunder and smokey skies. By 2:30 we were sitting under an overhanging boulder waiting for the rain to let up which it did after about 30”. We had several creek crossings where some hikers were fording, but we were able to boulder hop or walk logs to cross. When we got to camp we had more thunder and light rain. Although the trail has had extensive work and is great given the terrain, it was a hard trail and a hard day for us.