25 Aug Day 126 – Horseshoe Meadows
At mile 745.3. Hiked 14.4 PCT miles today plus 2.2 miles from Trail Pass to parking lot at Cottonwood Pass trailhead.
Here is an opening to the broad desert thousands of feet below. It is also where I had cell service. The day started cold, but by mid-day I was sweating my way on a long climb in the blazing sun. Walking faster and not stopping was the only way to make it end. Starting yesterday afternoon, I have been hiking around and above 10,000 feet elevation. It should help for my climb up Mt Whitney in a few days.
I think this is Mt Langley. If not, it is still one big mountain.
I reached Horseshoe Meadows where I hitched a ride down the eastern face of the Sierra to Lone Pine. I recommend this drive if you ever visit Lone Pine. No guard rails and it felt like I was flying in a plane, not riding in a car.
What to do if you are in Horseshoe Meadows? Ride horses through the wilderness of course.