This entry covers Sunday, June 12, 2016 from the Kearsarge/PCT jct to Onion Valley TH. Miles hiked = 7.5.
Woke up at 5a to a view of 2-3″ of snow.
That was a real surprise. It took a lot longer to be ready even without cooking breakfast (no appetite). I used my wet weather gear: neoprene socks kept my wet feet in check nicely, my base layer under a down jacket and rain jacket, and gloves underneath the Zpacks waterproof mitts. Hiking at 7a.
After a half an hour, the sun allowed layers to be shed and the climb to Kearsarge Pass continued thru the snow – no crampons needed. After the pass, the trail had snow cover intermittently for awhile. On the way down to Onion Valley trailhead, I was able to yogi a ride down to Independence from a nice family (Chad, Olivia, Kathleen in their Lance camper) car camping. Checked into the Courthouse motel’s bunkhouse. Then a shower and food followed. The motel did laundry. Met Desert Steve, All The Way, and Bix. Now it’s time to decompress and see what’s next. And, when.