Pacific Crest Trail Journals

Vermillion Valley Resort to Tuolomne Meadows

June 27 – June 30, 2010

I hiked out of VVR around 6:00 and made it past the ferry drop off long before the morning shuttle arrived. The rest of the day consisted of hiking alone and deciding to take the PCT instead of the somewhat-popular Cascade Valley alternate route. I got into the popular and historic pack station Red’s Meadow early the next morning and ended up staying the rest of the day, despite having planned to only make a quick stop to catch up on some phone calls and outside life. I took a shuttle from Red’s Meadow down to Mammoth Ski Resort and spent the afternoon eating pizza and calling home before heading back to Red’s where I took a shower in their hot spring fed bathhouse before calling it a night.

On my way out of Red’s I detoured off the PCT in order to check out Rainbow Falls and Devil’s Postpile National Monument – both well worth the short amount of off-trail hiking required to see them. Later that day I cleared Donohue Pass and began a descent down Lyell Canyon, out of the snow-covered High Sierras and into Tuolomne Meadows. Early the next day I walked into Tuolomne Meadows and immediately headed down Tioga Pass Road towards the store. I ran into a couple of other hikers I hadn’t seen in a while, raided the store’s ice cream selection, and relaxed for most of the rest of the day.

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