Now we enter true wilderness.
Meadow and forest lead to the majestic, glaciated High Sierra. The glaciers formed shallow basins that filled with water to create thousands of lakes and tarns. In Sequoia National Park, we join the John Muir Trail.
A day (off the main trail) should see us (Cory) summit Mount Whitney (4421m – not Mandy!!!!) which is the highest summit in the contiguous United States.
Continue on to Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows. The route repeatedly descends deep canyons only to ascend to high saddles. The PCT crosses eight named passes above 3000m in this section, the first being Forester Pass (4010m), the highest point on the entire trail. This could slow us down if late winter snows are still on the trail.
The Sierra Nevada turns to the Cascade Range and our travels continue. Rich in nutrients, the volcanic soils receive sufficient rainfall to produce lush forests. The route then travels through the Marble Mountain Wilderness.
This 950mile section of the PCT should take around 52 days of walking. Travel through this section will be dictated by the previous winters weather. There are high passes and late winter snow will hamper the walk.
Animals to spot will include raccoon, marmot, coyote, bobcat, deer and black bear. Birds will be Mountain chickadee, junco, Steller’s jay, Clark’s nutcracker and red-tailed hawks.
Blogs on Cory’s Adventures in the High Sierra
- Climbing Mt Whitney
- Immortality and river crossings
- In the Footsteps of Wild? What do I have to do to earn “Wild” status?