6.5 miles + 4.3. 10.8 for the day.
We started off at 11,500 and headed up to 11,960 first thing. The views were amazing. And we were only 6.5 miles from the truck and our shuttle vehicles to he next segment. I didn’t eat much for breakfast as I was craving town food. I got some internet and blasted the blog and Facebook.
We got to Monarch Crest, loaded our packs in the truck and went into the visitors center for ice cream and soda. We jumped back on the truck and started our shuttle to Spring Creek. We got lunch in Lake City. I got a salad and a Philly cheesesteak. I tried not to overeat. At 2pm we headed up out of Spring Creek. A climb to up over 12k to the high plateau. We met 5 other hikers at the top around 330. Two of which we had met before.
After hiking 4.3 trail miles to good water we setup for the evening. And cell signal!