Day 50: Pinchot Pass

Memories from June 9

Today was a pretty uneventful 10 or 11 miles over Pinchot Pass. I left early and had the trail to myself it was fun getting to use map and compass since no one was around to pull out a GPS. Significant portions of the trail were under snow but Mt Wynne was a pretty unambiguous landmark. I would frequently look around and as I was beginning to settle on a route, notice tracks in the distance or a fragment of the trail. At the top of Pinchot Pass I waited for an little over an hour as about half of the group showed up. After confirming the day’s destination with Chamile, I headed down to the South Fork of the Kings River. There were a number of wet-foot stream crossings and I wasn’t in the mood for wet shoes. I bought mine thinking they would dry quickly but that hasn’t been the case so I wound up hiking at a leisurely pace in flip flops.

Pictures from the hike to the base of the pass.

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Pinchot Pass is at the first bit if snow after the rock ridge on the left.

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Some of the nearby rock was a strong red.

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Looking back down the valley from part way up.

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Rip Snorter climbing up the last bit of snow to crest the pass.

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Looking north east from the pass. The route down follows to the right of those lakes.

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Part way down.

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A make-up photo since I forgot to take one at the top.

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Farther down the valley.

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Looking up stream from one of the crossings.

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I got in with plenty of daylight and so took a bath in the stream and sun and did laundry.

Our camp is just across a stream and one person pitched their tent on the wrong side. Three people carried the tent, with all the belongings inside across the stream.

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