Day 7, 8:40 AM - This trail has a name...
Return to day page View previous item 2 hours into the hardest day yet The Kings River valley - escape at dawn 3 hours and 40 minutes of strolling gets you this This trail has a name... Approaching Granite Pass Subject at Day 7 - the backpacking Zombie Scanning for Granite Pass Maybe that's Granite Pass? Unknown meadow at 10,500 feet Last look back before crossing Granite Pass Glacier-polished granite split by trees From Granite Pass, down to Granite Lakes basin View next item

A closer look at this sign reveals important information to the would be traveler. What would you make of it if you, hapless backpacker, came upon it en route to Simpson Meadow? Via The Bitch? Whatever could it mean? I had to add my time to the sign (upper left) because someone else had set the precedent by recording their (relatively good) time, from Meadow to plateau, of 3 hrs 45 min. I guess I'm just a hiking machine.