11 August 2022
Lake Marjorie to Sixty Lake Basin outlet
(12 miles, +2,100/-3,700 feet).
It was a little chilly down here by the lake last night, but not too bad. The weather continues to look like we are drying out a bit, so we are optimistic for another rain-free day.
The climb up to Pinchot Pass was quite mellow this morning.
We then started a very long descent along Woods Creek. We had to drop nearly 4,000 feet before climbing back up 2,000 at the end of the day.
We reached a tarn that gave me a strong memory of my thru-hike attempt. It was a place I gathered water and then raced ahead to the pass. Strong and confident, but ready to go home….
At 9500 feet there were some really nice falls.
We made easy work of the stream crossing where I fell in on my thru-hike attempt.
We took a long break by the creek. We were all quite tired and not looking forward to our late afternoon climb.
We originally thought we would aim for Dollar Lake tonight, but we have heard from other hikers that it is closed to camping. So we will try for a couple of campsites near the outlet of Sixty Lakes Basin.
At our first campsite possibility we ran into a woman who was lamenting passing up a campsite another quarter mile ahead. And the first one seemed quite buggy, so we decided to press on.
We searched on a ridge for a while, but it was quite rocky. So we finally came to the site the woman mentioned.
And it was perfect! A deer even greeted us as we dropped our packs.