Anxious to get to town, we set alarms for 4am and were hiking just after 5. It was cold last night and the snow was extremely hard and slick as we climbed Dorothy Lake Pass. The sun soon softened up the snow and we also were descending – so it was thinning. By 10am the snow was a memory and the miles were flying by.
After a long morning of gentle trail, we began to climb back up to the Sierra Crest and 10,000’. After the initial ascent up a snow field, the ridgeline itself was mostly clear of snow. The rock itself had also changed; instead of the grey granite we had been seeing, the mountains were a reddish, porous rock. As we neared Sonora Pass, we began seeing ski tracks in the chutes of snow. At the end of the ridgeline we caught up with some of the culprits who were telemarking the area.
At the pass, we headed into Bridgeport for a re-supply. This last section has been the most technical and challenging section to date. I hope the snow ends soon as it is starting to wear on both me and my gear.