Back at the car I had a long rest before packing my backpack. It seemed very heavy with 3days food, 3 cans of beer and 1l of water but I made it to my campsite in about 1.5hours. On the road I had noticed that where some water had been seeping along in the morning it had dried in the afternoon. My creek had also dried, but the bedrock puddles still held enough water.
The next morning I had an early start and left camp before the sun reached it. I made the mistake and changed to my hiking clothes and when a cold wind strengthened I became much too cold. I finally dug out my down vest that I used to insulate my drinks before I reached the trail. I then followed the Princess Trail east into the sun. In the open terrain the trail was marked with large cairns but near Peak7452 I lost it in dense sage brush where it circles around to the south and decided to traverse the summit for the views.
[photo]P1070269.JPG[caption]Looking back from Peak7452 to Indian Rock[/photo]
[photo]P1070270.JPG[caption]Looking east to Vinegar Hill, the blue mountain in the far distance.[/photo]
Beyond there it was easier to follow in mostly open forest. At Desolation Creek I made
the first longer rest in the shade and changed to shorts, but soon became a bit chilled in
the cool forest. A bit further I came to the junction with the Sunrise Butte Trail... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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