PCT Section I: From Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora Pass (mile 960-972)

In the last couple of weeks had the opportunity and the great joy to complete two more sections of the PCT, from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite NP to the south Lake Tahoe area. Almost exactly 150 miles. In writing up this I’m going to try and follow the advice of a friend who saw a previous trail post and said it was “pretty good, but needed more people!”

So here’s Frog Wild and Laura (Baby Sister) Wild, encountered at about mile 975, roughly ten miles north on the trail at Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp.

Frog Wild and Laura (aka Baby Sister) Wild
Laura (aka Baby Sister) and Frog Wild 

I told them what I was doing, and found out that they were doing something similar — but lengthier — in the other direction, heading south.

“There’s a word for people like us,” Baby Sister said. “We’re LASH — which stands for Long-Assed Section Hiker.”

Highlights of this short, difficult, but beautiful day — dawn at Miller Lake


Over the ridge and down to the meadow:


Past the tiger lilies:


Climbing up to 10,000 plus to get over Benson Pass:


past some interesting granite fins:


And finally to collapse after ten miles, too tired to climb another pass:






Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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