July 3rd: We woke from a terrible night’s sleep at mile 800. We hiked a very short day to Lake Marjorie at mile 808.64. We climbed over Pinchot Pass (12000ft) in doing so.
Start location: stealth site about 50m north of the wooden suspension bridge around mile 800
End location: Lake Marjorie, mile 808.64
We slept terribly the preceding night. Rain and pine needles conspired to keep us awake. Pine needes!?! They punctured our sleeping pads. Repeatedly. Both of us were basically sleeping on the ground; a deflated sleeping pad offers no comfort whatsoever.
Our morning was groggy and slow. We didn’t start walking until 11am and, from that moment, we were climbing upwards to Pinchot Pass (12000+ft).
Very early on in the climb we heard a waterfall rushing near the trail. We bushwacked off trail just a bit and found it. The waterfall was actually a very tall cascade. Water, over the last few tens of thousands of years, had erodes a solid slab of rock into all sorts of interesting contortions. The volume of water rushing by us just feet away (yea, we got pretty close) was truly remarkable.
Around 2pm we saw a bear. Thankfully a large ravine separated it from us. The bear was walking along a rocky hillside, moving roughly parallel to the PCT. It looked like the bear from the California state flag set in motion.
We took lots of breaks throughout the day. Lots of breaks. We realized sometime today or the day prior that our food wouldn’t last until Vermillion Valey Resort as we’d hoped. As a workaround, we’re planning to exit the trail (again) via Bishop Pass and visit Bishop, CA again.
Our decision to add resupply at Bishop Pass leaves us with 6 or 7 days of food to move 30 miles. We truly have the time to enjoy the Sierras.
We reached lake Marjorie around 6:30pm and stopped. We could’ve kept going. We didn’t want to. We washed our clothes and relaxed with the extra time. We did not patch our air pads because we didn’t yet realize the extent of the damage caused by the prior night’s pine needles.
(Written the night of July 4th)