Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 25, 2011

Start: 850
End: 864

Today is the much anticipated Evolution Creek crossing! At Evolution Meadow there is a sign that recommends taking the alternate trail through the meadow if the creek is running high. I guess since this year has the most snow on record since they started keeping records, it's probably best to cross through the meadow. Although the creek crossing was cold, it wasn't any worse than Bubbs Creek and actually was easier than Bubbs.

After warming our feet up, we hiked on down Evoulution Creek toward the San Joaquin River and then up towards Selden Pass. On our lunch break for the day we ended up seeing quite a lot of people including Tal, Goose, Sunflower, Bottle Rocket, Outlaw, Push, Red Blaze, and Half Fast. It's great to see another group out here that are enjoying the Sierras as much as we are!

After lunch we kept on toward Selden Pass and reached the apex at 5:30pm. It was a pretty easy pass compared to others, it did not require use of an ice axe. We enjoyed the view briefly and then headed down the other side to find a place to camp on real ground, not snow or granite. Luckily it didn't take long and we were able to sit in the sun while we cooked and ate dinner.

Just as we were finishing dinner we had a little surprise when Wiz, Wet Smoke, and Buttercup showed up on our small patch of dry land. It was great to see Wiz on the trail again since I haven't seen him since he went home for his sister's wedding a month ago! We chatted for a bit and then they moved onto find a piece of dry ground to call their own for the night. Hopefully we will run into them again tomorrow or in Mammoth in a few days.

Tomorrow it's on to Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR) for some real food! Should be a great day!

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