We were going to camp Friday night at the primitive campground of Twin Pillars North and head straight south to Belknap trail, east, then look for a place to camp. Wake up early, hit the elevation then take the 4.8 miles N to Whistler Springs on Wildcat Trail to finish the 4.8 miles to Whistler Springs where Michelle had parked her car.
Here are the highlights of that trip:
We camped on the edge of Bingham Prairie and it was beautiful!
We have been hiking here before and knew some of the trail was open and had experienced fires. This canyon was called Desolation Canyon.
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Signs of beauty in the desolation.
Snack time by a cold creek...and a time to rest our bodies.
Yay! The cut off! 6 miles in and now we were going to find a place to camp for the night.
I loved seeing the pillars get smaller and smaller.
Cory found us a great spot although is was a little further than we had anticipated. (which was a good thing, because the next day was going to be way harder then we imagined!)
After dinner, Cory's job was to hang our food up away from any bears that may
think they had a free meal coming.
The next day we were in the forest for a few beautiful miles.If you look hard you can see Elsa on the trail carrying her own food and water. She was such a good dog!
This answers the question: Does a bear crap in the woods??
Looking east to the Ochoco forest.
If you look really hard you can see the pillars!
This was an area that had burned last year. Thankfully someone had flagged it so we could stay on the trail. (I have a great app for that too that doesn't need cell reception) We were running low on water and Elsa got to put to use her booties to protect her paws.
. We all re-hydrated and Elsa napped.
The final push!
Three happy tired backpackers conquered the first, of hopefully several more, trips!