Miles 1635.7 – 1646.7 >>> 11.0 (17.7 km)
The morning greeted us with beautiful sunshine and we were looking forward to getting on to the trail.
Breakfast first though and we went back to Rhino’s. Then it was time for resupply and we paid a lot of money at the General Store.
Then it was time to set up at the side of the road and stick our thumbs out. However, I really felt like having another coffee and went over to the Snap ‘N’ Crackle Candy store across the road and picked up four paper cups with hot black brew in them. Shortly after I’d returned to the other two, a very nice couple couple stopped and offered us a ride. Unfortunately they didn’t actually drive in our direction. Fortunately they were really, really nice though, and offered to drive us there anyway – a 64 mile (103 km) detour for them. Amazing!
As we approached Sonora Pass, the clouds moved back in and it was turning grey, and rainy, and cold. Yay, something to look forward to.
As we got dropped off, it was actually drizzling and we draped ourselves in our rain gear and gathered at the Toiyabe National Forest sign.
Here we ran into a local hiker in his late 60s, who just started a week long trip into the Sierras. He was carrying an amazing amount of stuff with him and proudly draped himself into a Gore-Tex tarp before hiking off. Incredible. Maybe that’s why he seemed so grouchy. We quickly left him behind however and went up into the mountains.
Guess what. Basically the moment we started hiking, it started to snow and hail. The low hanging clouds also draped us in wet cold fog.
Even though it was ridiculously cold and the weather plain miserable, we all had a marvelous day. The scenery was awesome and even though we all got frozen to our cores, we were happy like kids in a candy store.
In between the clouds lifted and we could admire the scenery, with it’s amazing colors.
The landscape became completely barren as we were approaching Leavitt Peak.
It was so cold that I was actually wearing my balaclava and rain skirt for extra protection. It was necessary.
We stopped at a little plateau for snacks and a brief moment out of the wind and enjoyed the views beneath us.
Then it was time to move on and we went back to ice and wind.
The clouds were highly variable and we were hiking in thick fog one moment, and then a beautifully clear spell the next.
Then the trail went downhill and it got a tiny bit warmer.
As we walked down into the forest, we were so happy that it was a little warmer and that we were somewhat sheltered from the wind that we decided to set up camp early and found a spot just after five.
It was still freezing cold and we had dinner and our obligatory apple cider with cinnamon whiskey. Sunset was at 6:37 pm and we were all in our sleeping bags fast asleep soon after.
What an amazing day.