9/10 Better Day

by sedona maniak


Miles hiked: 18.86 (+.44 to spring) (2184.95 to 2203.81)
Elevation: +4741/-2686
Yellowjackets on trail: 19

Walking from my tent door is generally the most painful part of the day. My ankle hurt immediately, but after I wandered around for awhile, packing and puttering, it began to warm up. From Trout Creek to the Wind River, it was just low level pain and not too wobbly. I finally relaxed a bit and let myself enjoy the wide Wind River, where I caught up with Any Minute.
Then came 9 miles of climb, punctuated by 2:1 slopes and loose, sandy switchbacks. In the middle of it, at a forest road, we met a day hiker from Stevenson, WA who filled our water bottles and gave us snacks. Just a little unexpected trail magic makes the whole day better. I hurtled past stands of Devil's club and surprise groves of black oak, reaching the 15 mile mark (with the whole day's climb behind me) at 2:30. Water sources being scarce, we decided to stop at a campsite near the last spring for miles.

ok, so washington can be purdy

ok, so washington can be purdy

Transient
Transient
Transient
2200 tried to kill me

2200 tried to kill me

the view from 2200 as I lay dying

the view from 2200 as I lay dying

throwback to the desert's 3rd gate water sign

throwback to the desert's 3rd gate water sign