Mile: 1053.2 to 1073.0
New Alpine county bird: White-headed Woodpecker
We got our 20 miles and paid for it with 4000 feet of climbing. A ten hour effort that got us within 17 miles of highway 50 and a hitch into Tahoe. Showers, laundry, and town food await so you can be sure we're up and out early tomorrow.
The scenery continued to impress today as we moved along the crest between Ebbetts and Carson Passes. Mid morning we went through a gap in the crest and dropped into what my map tells me is the upper reaches of Pleasant Valley. Continuing on we passed through a lakes basin outside the wilderness complete with cars and a few people. Coming to "civilization" like this can sometimes bring a surprise. Today it was a handful of sodas left in an ice cold creek next to the trail. Magic like this is fun and nice. I will pack my empty can to the next trash, I hope all hikers do the same.
Pushing on out of the lakes basin we crossed a paved road complete with much Sunday afternoon traffic heading home from Blue Lakes. Spend enough days in the wilderness and just a little traffic can be intimidating. Up we went again to the crest this time passing Lost Lakes and crossing at the Forestdale Divide. We are camped a couple miles below on Forestdale Creek in a lovely canyon. Town tomorrow!