Campsite at Mile 782.53 to Dow Villa Hotel, Lone Pine, California
Before that, first thing’s first…check out our amazing views during this morning’s hike:
Now we just have the 7.5 mile trail to Lone Pine. We decided to take the first side trail called Bullfrog Lake Trail because we heard it was amazing…well at least the first 1.7 miles were. Check it out:
After lunch we hit the trail and then it started climbing and climbing and climbing. The rest of Bullfrog Lake Trail was as steep as any trail we have been on so far. There were no switchbacks, the trail just went straight up. We then hit Kearsarge Pass Trail and hoped this would be a bit better, but no…this crazy trail climbed straight up and steep as well. Luckily the views we had on our frequent and long breaks were amazing:
Surprisingly, about 2.5 miles from the bottom Tim was there. He had hiked up to meet us. This made the last 2.5 miles better, but still at the back of my head was the climb back up here in 2 days. Not many pictures were taken during the way down except for this nice picture of Tim and I:
After showers we went to the pizza place across the street and filled up on salad and pizza and then took a short walk up and down the main street in Lone Pine to walk off a bit of dinner and to keep our legs from tightening up.
Tomorrow we have a “zero day”. No hiking, but lots of work to do to prepare to get back on the trail the next day.
Tonight we are staying in the historic Dow Villa Hotel where John Wayne, Gene Autry, Errol Flynn, and other western stars stayed when they were filming in this location. Tonight there are mostly other thru-hikers (both the PCT and the JMT) and people who are hiking Mount Whitney.
Time to get some sleep to prepare for our “zero day”.