Home of the Dirtbag Mountain Runner
Bear I encountered near the campground at the beginning of the Atwell Mill - Hockett trail. This trail was on my second day as a recovery run (14 miles) compared to the longer run (29 miles) the day before
Old Logging machinery
From Erie City Ironworks
Nice cascades along this trail
Most people stop at the bridge because this is where the trail starts heading steadily up hill. The run down to here wason a smooth and soft trail. Just when I started breaking a sweat I hit the bridge and then the real sweating began.
Nice waterfalls from the bridge
Approaching another cascade...
Lilies... Maybe Mariposa Lillies.
View of the valley where you can see the Mineral King Road.
This road climbs close to 7000 feet from the valley floor.
Charred out tree along the trail.
Inside another burnt tree.
Very tall tree.. no way to get a sense of how big from this angle.
Stats for the Hocket trail run. I cut this short as I originally wanted to run to Hockett Meadow. That was 10.4 miles one way and I only had 2 bottles of water and zoned on the filter and purification tablets. My legs were tired anyway and I rationalized I could make it home before dinner with my family. And I did.
The Spot did a marginal job of caputing my route over 2 days. Probably because of the angle of the Spot on my back back. It must be kept flat perpendicular to the sky directly above. Also the steep canyons may have also caused poor reception.
I am Here ....at about 7AM. Heading up to Sawtooth Pass and coming back from Timber Gap with losts of trail in between.
Grouse on the trail.. Mom and two babies.
Good morning deer....
You two Deer...
I parked at the end of the road on the far left
Lots of water on this route. I should have carried less of it.
No sun on me yet.. Good temps for running up the hill.
Looking back to Mineral King Valley.
Another Grouse.. good think I am not Bear Grilles.. This would be my breakfast.
This marmot was giving me the evil eye... What's up with that... it is my trail too...!
I love the colors of this rock up in this bowl. This is at the first of the Monarch Lakes.
And this is Monrach Lake.
In the center of the photo is the ridge that will take me to Sawtooth Pass.
Climbing up the decomposed granite up to Sawtooth Pass
I came up that valley below on a great trail.
Like a sand dune but with bigger grains
From Sawtooth Pass this is Columbine Lake.
Lots of peaks to meander through if you have the time.
Down at Columbine Lake
Way out there in center of the Pic is Black Kaweah. On the far left ridgeline is Blackrock Pass which is on my route many hours from this location.
More of Black Kaweah and Red Kaweah.
Heading down to Lost Valley
Heading East. Elevation here is about 10,000 feet some smooth trails to stretch out the legs and pick up the pace.
Getting closer to Black and Red Kaweah.
This is the first of the Big Five Lakes. Windy here.
Great location for camping if you are inclined. This would make a great aid station if you are going with a crew that wanted to backpack in and chill.. the day before.
There is a bit of a climb from Big Five lakes to Little Five lakes... This is looking back to the lake I was just at.
This looks like a whale.... to me... at least after 6 hours on the trail
You can actually see Mt Whitney way in the background below the clouds..
This is as close as I will get to the Kaweahs... another trip required.
Approaching Little Five Lakes with some trail improvements.
Nice Meadow... Not a soul around here.
Headin up to Black Rock Pass. BTW Big Arroyo will take you to the High Sierra Trail... That is also on the list.
If you want to camp here read this. Another good place for your support crew.
Good place to soak your feet if you have the time.
Last of the Lakes before the pass
A view from "almost the top" of Black Rock Pass
Looking over the West side of the pass
There are many options here if you want to do some cross country travel.. I took the steep trail down Black Rock Pass. Lots of switchbacks on the steep descent..
Late lunch early dinner... Sooooooo good!!!!!!!
Many switchbacks coming down Black Rock Pass. This is just about the last switchback.... Sawtooth Peak in the distance
Trail got more technical the furhter down this valley I got.
Very cool cascade across the valley.. Saw deer grazing in the grasses.
It takes a while to intersect with the stream if you are thirsty you have to be patient.
Lillies... Lots more too..
Columbines or Shooting stars?
Close to the bottom of this valley is goes through this rocky stream bed. Trail work here clearly was a huge undertaking. Nice waterwall
Almost to my destination. Mineral King. Only a 2500 foot climb to Timber Gap and a fast killer downhill from there in the failing light but never had to pull out the headlamp.
Camp site at the trail junction to Mineral King.
Final Stats...take off a good 45 minute where I forgot to turn it off.
The Green Line is my route. The red lines are other trails that present a wealth of opportunity for those wanting to go farther.