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Re: [John Muir Trail] Duck lake Pass

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  • hmdsierra
    Actually, when my son and I did the trail the section from Crater Mdw to Duck Ck was one of the best we saw. My friend had dropped out at Red s with a bad
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 29, 2010
      Actually, when my son and I did the trail the section from Crater Mdw to Duck Ck was one of the best we saw. My friend had dropped out at Red's with a bad knee and my son and I had gone on to where Crater Ck drops down the hill with a sprinkle during the last part. The campsite was amazing tho. The trail goes along the hillside, PCT, and turns at the creek to a nice site just behind the short ridge, haven't seen anything like it before or since. The next day was dreary and we thought about staying put. Finally about 11 Am we took off. My friend leaving and the uninspiring slog through the pumice had us feeling low. However, when we topped the ridge and had our first view into Cascade Valley our mood lifted high. The unsettled weather created great views. One spot would be raining while another was lit by a ray of sunshine and it continually changed. It was a good show as we worked along the trail. At one point the cloud came up and enveloped us in fog. We stopped a few times to sat out a brief shower. We reached Duck Ck around 5 PM and the storm was clearing. I've been back a couple of times and it has never match the magic of that day. Even the boring sections can turn out memorable.

      --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, Herb <herbstroh@...> wrote:
      > John--
      > We resupplied at Mammoth last year and rejoined via Duck Pass. It is a beautiful trail, Duck Lake is magnificent, and the pass fairly easy. Plus what you miss of the JMT is considered to be by most the "boring" section of trail.
      > As mentioned by others public transportation will get you pretty close to the TH. We did not want to wait until the shuttles started (about 9:00 as I recall), so we hitched up to the trailhead. Mammoth is very hiker-friendly, and we caught rides quickly. The last was a couple day hiking who dropped us right at the trail head. We were hiking before the shuttles even started.
      > Getting to Mammoth out of Reds is easy. Take the park shuttle at $7 per person to the resort. Right under the big Mammoth statute there is a shuttle drop for mountain bikers. If they have space they take backpackers to town for free. Once in town the local transportation (free) gets you anywhere--tell the driver where you want to go and he/she will get you there--probably with a hiker story to boot. (Ask about the old couple doing the JMT--I don't know if its a true story but it is a delight to hear).
      > Herb
      > ---- jjcasey16 <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
      > > Hey Folks
      > > We are starting out August 23rd from Tuolomne Meadows, stopping at Mammoth lake to resupply and send off part of the group, does anyone have any experience with rejoining the trail using the trail to Duck lake and the Duck Pass? Thanks John
      > >
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