Split Mountain 2012

Ascending Taboose Pass

Friday, August 17, 2012

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Today was a long uphill slog, sometimes necessary to get to parts of the Sierra in minimal time.  With our packs at their heaviest, we were able to gain 3600 feet, helped by the clouds keeping us in shade most of the day--there are not many trees on this trail.  However, I still wasn't drinking enough water.  Easy access to water on this trail happens only a few times in this section, the first being where the trail comes close to the creek, then after that there are two creek crossings including the one right by our camp.  We made it to the camp we call "waterfall camp" as it is right below--you guessed it--a waterfall!  There are two tent pads right near the trail and several more behind some trees.

Journal Entry:  First day of annual Sierra trip. Drove to Big Pine yesterday and car camped on Big Pine Creek at 7000 ft. Drove to Taboose Pass trailhead this morning—started hiking at 8:30 with scattered clouds to keep us a bit cooler. Long uphill from 5400 ft. to 9000 ft. where we are camped below a waterfall. A bit of dehydration today but drank 2 qts. at camp and feeling better now. Clouds only gave us a few sprinkles today. Tomorrow we head over Taboose Pass to Upper Basin.

Looking up toward Taboose Pass

Resident desert dwellers

Looking back toward Owens Valley

Waterfall above camp


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