Backpacking Adventures in the Sierra // Visit Mammoth Insider Blog

We were a little more than halfway through our backpacking trip, having walked 137 miles in 10 days in the Sierra Nevada. When we awoke to a crisp, breezy sunrise at a high alpine lake, we put on the warm clothes we had and slowly climbed out of our tent, feeling every muscle in our bodies. The early autumn sun lighted the peaks on their highest east faces as the moon dropped below the granite ridgeline.

Our plan was to walk the length of the John Muir Trail, south-to-north. We also planned to take a few detours, adding mileage and totaling, finally, 265 miles in 21 days of walking, with six rest days on the trail. We started at the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead in the Golden Trout Wilderness and planned to pass through Sequoia National Park, summit Mt. Whitney at 14,496 feet, walk through Kings Canyon National Park, then on to the John Muir Wilderness. From there, we planned to walk through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, then finish at Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park.

As Jon and I headed out from Sapphire Lake on our eleventh day, though, I wondered how my tired body would handle the 16-mile descent through Evolution Valley to Blaney Hot Springs. I wondered too, how I was going to handle the fact that our food supply had run very low.

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