Good narrow trail, route finding through bush and boulder walking When I considered climbing Cache Peak in April on skis I was deterred by the low intermittent snowpack. I also worried that it might be too long for a day trip and didn't feel fit enough for a skitouring backpack where I would have to carry skis very far. So I thought I might come back sometime in summer for a hike. When I told Zoran about my various unfinished business in Idaho and Utah he expressed interest to come along. He had some asthma like breathing problems and didn't expect to climb anything, but was interested to see the areas. [photo]P1050299.JPG[caption]The trailhead camp in the evening[/photo]
We arrived at the trailhead on the evening of the 2nd driving day. I chose the approach from the north because the Basin - Elba Pass road was the shortest gravel road drive. There was a turn around on a sloping meadow, but I found a flat enough parking spot to sleep comfortably in my car while Zoran set up my old halfdome tent besides a gap in the fence where the trail started. There was a post beyond, but no trail sign. We cooked a big dinner. I had some frozen vegetables in my cooler, which had thawed by then, but were delicious in the standard rice and noodle camping food. It was too much and we had to warm up some for breakfast. We had breakfast at sunrise although our camp was still in the shade.
Zoran started hiking as soon as he had eaten while I took my time and left 15 minutes later. The trail climbed very gently around the first big hill. I caught up to Zoran after 45 minutes just as we came out into the sun. A bit further in the first side valley my map showed a junction leading through a saddle north of Mount Independence to the ... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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