Day 62 – 6/13/15
Somewhere before Deer Creek
Miles – 19.5
Total Miles – 948.6 (PCT 898.2)
It has been many days since we woke to a completely clear sky. All four of us were excited to hike a rain free day! Silver Pass has a long exposed section so we tried to get as much of it done before the sun hit it. It made the big climb easier. The rest of the ascent up to Silver Pass was a series of ledges, a meadow, and some lakes. We reached the top in good time. As we crested the top, we could see clouds starting to build to the south. The next section of trail was a long down to Fish Creek. On the way down, we took a nice break looking out over a small waterfall and a meadow. Once hiking again, it did not take long for us to get to the bottom where we turned and headed up to Tullly Hole. A pretty meadow, deep in a valley with high mountains surrounding it on three sides. As we climbed up out of Tully Hole to Lake Virginia, big fat rain drops started to fall. So much for our rain free day however, the rain did not last long. At the top of the up, Bearlee was playing his harmonica and Boomer was playing his guitar. We stayed to listen for a while. The concert ended and we moved on. Once we reached Lake Virginia, we hiked around to its far side. The lake is beautiful with the reflections of the snow capped mountains. It was awfully tempting to stay, but we moved on. From there, we crested a small rise and then went down to Purple Lake. This is where we stopped for dinner. Will and Little Crow tried to fish but did not get even a nibble. Finally after our spaghetti dinner, we headed around the mountain, crossed the outlet for Duck Lake and headed down the mountain. We camped in the only semi-flat area for several miles. Tomorrow we will head into Reds Meadow for a shower and laundry.