Mile: 602.1 to 620
up/down: 2350/3300 feet
From our camp at Robin Bird Spring we enjoyed a beautiful walk through stately Jeffery Pines on our way to Lander Meadow in the heart of the Piute Mountains. We have been to this meadow many times by car but this time by foot, so gotta love that. Unfortunately the trail took a wide route around the meadow so we only touched the edge. Turning east we worked our way though a small burn from many years ago toward the edge and drop to Kelso Valley at St. John Pass.
Dear friend Alison and her friend Don met us at the road with a car full of water and a few delicious snacks. Since there was another road crossing just two miles further we slack packed the distance with our packs in the back of her car. One more fill of all the water bottles including a couple extra liters each for dinner and breakfast, and off we went. It was plenty hot now in a Joshua Tree forest at 5000 feet elevation. After crossing the road at St. John Pass we technically left the Piute Mountains and enter the southernmost end of the Sierra Nevada. While Kennedy Meadows 75 miles ahead signals the entry to the "High Sierra," we are already here. When we got within 11 miles of our noon water meet up at Bird Springs Pass tomorrow we called it a day in the shade of some Joshua Trees.
Tomorrow friends Dan and Brenda will angel us again with water in a very dry stretch. From there it will be 22 miles to Walker Pass. We'll knock some of that out in the afternoon and finish up on Friday.