With Forrester pass (13100 feet/4000 meter, highest point of PCT) still 7 miles out, we got a relative early start at 6.15am. The approach to Forrester pass was very beautiful. I remembered many spots and felt very happy and grateful to be here again.
The landscape in this part of the Sierra… Just awesome.
We took a break at the same spot where I had pitched my tent during my 2016 JMT hike, just before the final climb. In 2016 I was here in Juli.
Now, a month earlier, the pass had much more snow. Approaching the last climb was difficult…crossing a frozen lake, finding trail the trail under the snow.
After passing an icy snow chute and a few more demanding sections, we made to the top of the pass at 13118 feet around 12pm.
With the snow melting, we started the descend on the Northern side through big snow fields. Lots of postholing, climbing rocks to avoid the soft snow.
Once at tree level, found nice spot for lunch break, still 6 miles to crossing with Kearsage pass.
We found a beautiful spot near Bullfrog lake to spend the night before pushing over Kearsage pass tomorrow to go to town and resupply.
My favorite day on trail.
Song of today: Lenny Kravitz – Believe
If you want it you got it
You just got to believe
Believe in yourself
‘Cause it’s all just a game