After crossing the bridge over the Kern River into Sequoia National Park, we saw a sign pointing us to a spring which turned out to be soda water. It was the first time I ever drank naturally occurring bubbly water. Tasted good as well.
There were very few tracks the first five miles or so, and eventually there were no tracks at all... other than bear and deer tracks. The trail crew had not been out this far this year yet, and so there were many new trees down and over the trail to Kern Hot Springs.
Kern Hot Springs was at a great temperature but was filled with a lot of algae which we relocated to the other end of the pool.
At the Junction Meadow trail junction, the current at the creek crossing was rather strong but easily accomplished.
The hike up towards Colby Pass was sensational with snow covered slopes and reflective lakes to amplify the existing beauty into countless upper and lower dimensions.
Granite rock with its quartz crystals tuned one's awareness from high density to ultralight consciousness.
Up on top of Colby Pass was the border between Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park.
There were no trails to be found so one just figures out what direction to go and climbs the easiest possible route.
Ancient Trees whispered simple truths to uncomplicate one's perception of life.
Clouds were forming quickly out of thin air and it would soon be raining in a few hours time.
12,000 feet Here We Come...
Colby Pass on May 27th
Up this high in May, one knows what it feels like to be warm or cold or just right at any given moment depending on where you put your attention.
The north side of Colby Pass was rather steep compared to the south side. On the upper slopes the trail was melted out already, but the descent to Colby Lake took a while since i was kicking in solid steps for Stacey to follow in.
Stacey brought an ice ax, but i didn't bother. It was easier for Stacey to put away her ice ax and use her polls for optimal balance on such slippery slopes.
If you have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in early June, and thought that some of the passes were tough and iffy... then Colby Pass would equal any of the toughest passes on that trail. The book calls for a shallow crossing at Roaring River, but the water was quite rapid. There are two creeks that feed into a larger body of water and so we crossed the first one upstream of the actual crossing and then crossed a second creek to avoid some of the power and pressure behind this liquid current.
We took the rest of the day to descend to Roads End at Cedar Grove. Only one campground was open because of the wildfires from the previous year. We combed the campground and asked a couple of guys that resonated with us if we could camp with them overnight... they happily agreed ... and the next day we acquired two hitches to make it all the way into Fresno. Stacey and i took Amtrak to the Bay Area for a week and a half to visit family and friends while some of the snow melted off during a big hot spell the mountains were having. Water was roaring everywhere... We would return to the Hot Springs trail on June 8th to start anew.
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