Virginia Lake to Red’s Meadow to Resupply
Distance: 26km Elevation Gain: 820m (loss 1,600m)

Reset watch again so 2 maps.
Hiked from Virginia Lake past Purple, Duck and Deer Lakes onto the Mammoth Crest
Hiked along the Mammoth Crest and down to Red’s Meadow
Duck Lake with Pika Lake in the background
One of the Deer Lakes
Three Deer Lakes. The route goes up onto the ridge on the right
Hiking Mammoth Crest on the way to Red’s Meadow. Looks like a desert.
On the Mammoth Crest. I’ll be hiking around those mountains in the distance over the next few days
Red’s Meadow, a camping, hiking and packhorse resort at 7,500 feet. Had an awesome restaurant meal, a shower, did some laundry and resupplied my food. It was a pretty chill afternoon/evening. I was able to chat with quite a few other hikers about their routes and experiences. Most were doing the John Muir Trail.

Later, in the darkness at my picnic table I spent a good hour writing up the last 2 days events in my journal. With my headlamp I could see plenty well enough. Nearby, a group of hikers sat around a campfire and shared stories. Such a different evening compared to the last 11 nights and I have to say it was quite nice.

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