Trip Report of Sorts
- Started out at Mammoth area, the Coldwater campground to precise and
rolled down to Kings Canyon - Woods Creek/Cedar Grove exit; about 11
trail days. It was supposed to be the two of us, but my friend dropped
out at Florence Lake. I had to continue as my car was staged at Roads
End in KCNP.
Acclimation - Coldwater campground is at 9,000'! Great place to stay a
day or two to see how your body responds to the altitude. Altitude
rarely affects me, but my friend appreciated it.
Weather - When is no rain a bad thing? When it means hot - bright -
relentless sun on the poor hiker walking up Palisade Creek. It was
blazing hot on the climb up the Golden Staircase. Practically no cover
at all the whole trip. Once and a while a cloud would pop up and
provide shade, otherwise it was warm! I was not "cold" at all during
the trip, a few cool evenings and mornings - Evolution and Upper
Basins. Hydrate often!!
Daylight - long enough still. At 0530 it's bright enough to break
camp, 0600 the sun is out; at 2000 the light fades.
Mosquitoes - dwindling by the day. Upper Basin which is usually awful
was tolerable. I didn't stay at Woods Creek Crossing, which is
historically a horrible place, but heard they weren't too bad. Tully
Hole was awful.
Bears - Didn't see one nor was I visited. Usually I run into one so
this was odd. They seem to be learning (or more properly hikers are
learning) that we are not a source of food.
VVR - Oh my how the lake has fallen!! It's a loooonnnng haul from
Quail Meadow to temporary dock. The sign is also somewhat confusing.
Stay on the trail, follow it to the next sign which says follow the
beach. From there, go out to the water line because the sand in firmer
out there. Then start walking and walking and walking... We made the
evening ferry but it was barely and only because a Sierra Club outing
had so many people. They are ferrying people 5 at a time.
Trail - Probably the best condition I've seen ever. No trees, high
water, nothing impeding my progress. A bit dry in places, but
otherwise OK. Evolution Creek can be crossed "dry" if you're willing
to log hop, etc..
Passes - Silver, Selden, Muir, Mather, Pinchot, are still there :^)
Only Muir has a little bit of snow on the south side but it is not a
hindrance. This was the second time I crossed Muir - Mather - Pinchot
in consecutive days and by the time you reach the last one - ack.