PCT Day 37... Independence

We started hiking today at 5 am. It was cold as most mornings are out here, which makes it hard to get moving in the morning. I have found that it takes me almost exactly 30 min. to pack up every morning. Oliver and Lucky Hat were both ready at five, and we set off.

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The exit path we choose was the Bull Frog Lake Trail, which connects with the Kearsarge Trail and over Kearsarge pass. We reached the top at 6:30 am and took a 30 min. break on top and took in the view. We made good time hiking down through the snow until we got below 10,000 feet, and reached the trailhead at 8:50 am. We knew it was going to be tough to get a ride down to Independence since we were at a dead end road, and so we waited for either a section hiker or someone at the campground to head down the mountain.

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Three other hikers joined us while we waited. About an hour later a lady named Joy drove up and dropped off a hiker. She was the lady with the crazy car I saw at Walker Pass. She came over to where we were waiting and, after talking for a while, offered to taxi us to town. We were about to go for it when a guy at the campground came over in his van and offered us a ride to Independence. All six of us climbed in headed the 15 steep miles to the valley floor.

Location: Latitude: 36.77038; Longitude: -118.35539

Miles Hiked: .2 (10 Mile Side Hike)

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