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SEKI Loop from Road's End 7/4-7/6
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James Castleberry
(Winterland76)
SEKI Loop from Road's End 7/4-7/6 on 07/07/2013 12:49:43 MDT Print View

Three days, 75 miles. Crossed Granite Pass, Mather Pass, Pinchot Pass
I didn't take many pics, especially the first day when I felt like crap from driving all night and from climbing up to Granite Pass. I'm especially sorry I didn't take any photos of Granite Basin, where it was getting dark when I arrived.
All-in-all, a good loop hike with lots of up and down. Except for the 15-mile section from Wood's Creek bridge to Road's End, it was all new trail for me.
I especially enjoyed the section between mather and pinchot.
View from Mather Pass
View from Mather Pass
The area south of Mather Pass
South of Mather Pass
View from Pinchot PassPinchot Pass

Ultra-distance runner Leor Pantilat descending Mather Pass. I saw Leor last year on the High Sierra Trail, near Kaweah Gap, and it was nice to see him again. Leor_Mather

Edited by Winterland76 on 07/08/2013 08:08:14 MDT.

M G
(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
Nice on 07/07/2013 12:58:04 MDT Print View

Thanks for the pics. Incredibly low snow year well illustrated in these images. Heading that way in September myself, hope we'll have some water left.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: SEKI Loop from Road's End 7/4-7/6 on 07/07/2013 13:00:58 MDT Print View

If those few photos are representative of your trip then it must have been awfully nice.

James Castleberry
(Winterland76)
Re: water on 07/07/2013 13:15:54 MDT Print View

It was quite warm, even up high and I was giving my Sawyer Squeeze a real workout on this trip. If you will be visiting in September, you might want to check back as the date approaches and see if anyone can comment on what water sources are still available. A thing to keep in mind with SEKI is that even if the map shows you are hiking along a river, sometimes the trail is well above the river and it isn't really practical to get to the water, even though you know it is fairly close.

Kiel Senninger
(Kiel.S.) - F

Locale: San Diego
Mosquitos on 07/07/2013 20:44:43 MDT Print View

Looks great! How were the mosquitos up there?