Last week I did a three day backpacking trip with two friends.
When Doug and Peter put this trip together and invited me, I knew it would be special. A small group with two of the best hiking partners one could ask for.
This is in the Sierra Nevada and a place I had never heard of. It had been on Peter’s radar screen for a long time and he decided that now would be the time to explore it. Since I had never heard of it, I knew it would be a good destination. Probably remote and seldom visited. Perfect.
When we got to the ranger station we were told the last permit issued was two weeks earlier. More than perfect!
Our plan was to hike to the bottom of a huge canyon where the North Fork of the Mokelumne lives. Rarely visited, we saw no one else on the trail. This also meant the trail was old, not maintained, and at times a gauntlet of blow-downs and brush. And with trails like this, the trail just disappears at times. Not difficult navigation, but there is pause at times to figure out where the trail is.