Monday, June 01, 2015

Good Granite

Here's an idea: "Go camping for a month this summer (without quitting your job)." So I went camping again this weekend. I think I've got the month outside in the bag for the year if you count sleeping in the truck at trailheads plus not sleeping because I'm running all night.

As for where to go, gf reminded me I like granite, so I figured, what's got steep relief with exposed granite, is not a national park (George), not the PCT (seen it), doesn't have permit quotas (Desolation), and isn't further than 4 hours from Berkeley? Emigrant, Mokelumne, and Carson-Iceberg are the places that come to mind.

So I went to Emigrant and ran a couple loops. The crossing of Relief Creek above Relief Reservoir should not yet be done where the trail technically crosses, but maybe a half mile upstream there's a brief respite from the insanity where things mellow out and you can carry a fifty pound dog on your shoulders and still keep your balance. There's some snow, but only above 9,000 feet.

It was extremely pretty, and the trails were in great shape. That said, when I go back, I'll probably get off said trails to bag peaks, and to get more solitude and more vertical gain.

Fish in the Ford

Good Granite

Gem Lake

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