|A deer mangled my hat!|
The first four miles of the day’s hiking was a relatively easy gradual downhill as the trail continued to follow the Middle Fork of the King River till it hit 8,000 feet. From there the trail turned east and started climbing Palisade Creek as it headed for Mather Pass. It’s still a lot of work climbing, but after I did a food inventory this morning, I decided I could give some food away. It shouldn’t be too hard to find some hungry hikers you would think and it wasn’t. I met a group of three hikers, Michael, his sister and his wife who were attempting to hike from MTR to Mt. Whitney with only seven days of food between them, but they were now realizing that it could take them a day or two longer than planned. I was able to unload about a pound of Quinoa, a pound of Humus, and 8oz of honey on them. Now they can take that extra day without going to hungry. It was nice hiking with them for stretches of the trail too and we would continue to leapfrog past one another for the next few days.
|The weather looks good this way|
|But it's getting darker this way|
|Lower Palisade Lake|
|Golden trout on a Sierra Hopper|