Videos from the trip.
15 pound base-weight for this trip. I'm only a few items away from UL and am really looking forward to it.
I decided I needed more insulation for the cold and Grant at Gossamer Gear let me drop by in-person to pick up my Thinlight on my way out of town. Thumbs up to the GG guys.
I was pumped for this trip and ready to hit a 12 hour drive.
I got to the Jack's Creek Campground trailhead around 8AM and signed the log. It was just around freezing but the drive up the mountain was great.
I climbed a very STEEP straight up horse trail, which I later learned was almost a mile of switchbacks if I had taken the other hiker route.
I ran into a ton of cattle clogging up the trail but made it around them.
Plenty of water almost everywhere I was. Good news considering the pipes were frozen at the trailhead and I had no water to start out.
I headed up to Pecos Baldy Lake, passing a few hunters with pack horses and a Peak Bagger from my hometown.
I planned to camp at the lake, but I got altitude sickness so I headed down to 10,000 feet or so to camp.
Since I had backtracked, I thought I would take a different trail up to Truchas Lakes. I climbed up to Beatty's Flats and had a wonderful hike up.
It was smooth sailing until I hit the trail to climb up to Truchas Lakes. I use the word trail loosely, it was very difficult to follow, very few cairns, a few tree stumps, no maintenance. I was hopping downed trees the entire way up the mountain.
Every meadow I approached was a gap in the trail with 12 horse tracks. Such a poor trail really pushed the envelope of my comfort level as I was off trail almost 1/3 of the time.
I made it to the top of the Santa Barbara Divide and the view was well worth it.
Right after I took this picture, 30 mph winds decided to blow my map off the Divide; trip over.
I headed back down halfway on a trail I knew led to my starting point and camped.
It got down to 15 degrees; I wore my beanie, hoody, fleece, and Golite Virga and I was toasty.
I thought about going to the ranger station to try to get maps but decided after the drive and climb all the way back up it wouldn't be worth it.
I hiked out and still had an awesome trip.