Day 76, 14 miles
Emigrant Wilderness Stanislaus National Forest
Packed up early and hiked the mile to the road. The first car to drive by gave us a hitch in to the small resort of Kennedy Meadows North 8 miles down a steep, windy canyon.
I needed fuel and a few more supplies. Of course I had a toasted egg, cheese, and tomato sandwich. We didn’t get back to the pct trail head till the afternoon.
It was only 2 miles to get over Sonora Pass. It took us over 2 hours. We kept traversing, trying to avoid the steep, snow field. I ended up scrambling up rock and mud with my micro spikes on. Sweet did the snow traverse. She is much more confident with the steep drop-offs.
At the top we both felt the altitude. Sweet was nauseous and got a pretty significant nose bleed. My breathing was laboured and my heart was pounding in my chest as if to shout “slow down, slow down”. So I did.
On the south side of Sonora Pass there is an 8 mile long, dry, exposed ridge, then more snow switchbacks down into the forest and valley below. We hiked till 8:30 and camped beside a noisy river with several other tents and occupants already asleep.
Omg….the mosquitoes are sooooo bad. It’s only just started.
We are back in the Sierras! I’m so excited.