Crabtree Meadow (mile 766) over Forrester Pass to Bubbs Creek (mile 784), 18 miles
Cost: Camped, free
I’m the morning I woke up to frost covering everything: my shoes, my tent, the meadow… But the deers didn’t seem to mind.
On the way up to Forrester Pass we passed numerous streams, lakes, snow and ice fields and I repeated my “light” mantra from yesterday. We didn’t need to put our microspikes on today as the snow was quite slushy and I decided that ice is better than slush to walk on (with microspikes!).
Coming down Forrester Pass, the views were just as spectacular as going up. We made camp after 18 miles, most with wet socks after the numerous stream crossings and the water rushing down the trail. We all ate as much as possible to empty our bear canisters so tomorrow our packs would be lighter heading over Kearsage Pass to Lone Pine.