Day 63: Waugh

Memories from June 22

Today I walked from the High Trail Head to Lake Waugh with a few long breaks to enjoy pretty things. I was by myself most of the time was Anda departed this morning to reclaim some of her vacation days.

I’m not sure this picture captures it but there was a small section on the morning’s slow, steady climb where the rocks and trees were both intense orange.

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As the traverse leveled a little, I could see one of the lakes which the JMT, which diverges from the PCT to wander the other side of the valley, visits. From the topo map it looks like a beautiful but brutal alternate. Given that I have the time, I wish I’d taken it.

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The trail in this area is marked with blazes in the trees. Apparently someone who really likes The Incredibles picked the design for the blaze.

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At Thousand Island Lake, the PCT and JMT rejoin. Just before leaving for this trip, I ordered an inflatable raft which is small enough for a backpacker to carry. I kind of wish I had it now so I could visit all the islands.

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Since I didn’t have a reason to do Donohue Pass this evening, I had been trying to decide if I wanted to spend the night at the Davis Lakes or Waugh Lake. As I was sitting at the trail junction, along came a couple who had just hiked in past Waugh Lake and strongly recommended it. Decision made. Here’s the result.

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