On the eve of getting some toe surgery which will put me out of commission for a few days, I wanted to get one more hike in… so I chose to hike Chantry Flat to Newcomb Pass.
I started out at Chantry at 7:45 a.m. and was greeted with perfect conditions: 60 degrees and sunny. Absolutely perfect! I traveled down the paved road a half mile to the dirt trail, then chose to take the upper falls trail. The water was flowing great and it wasn’t too buggy. I only saw one couple out there… the rest of the trail was alllll mine! I kept going… Spruce Grove… and then Sturtevant Camp. However, here I ran into an unexpected detour: The Gabrileno Trail to Newcomb Pass was closed! Boo. I elected to go up the Mount Wilson Trail and took it about a mile past Sturtevant Camp. At 4400′ or so, I ate a bit of trail mix and began the trek home. Instead of the Upper Falls trail, I took the High Trail which goes above that one. Still, hardly any people out there. I returned to my car at about noon. Trail conditions were perfect and, even though there were some flies around the water deeper into the forest, I didn’t have any problems.
Total Distance: 10.0 miles exactly
Total Calories burned: 2700 🙂
I drank about 2L of water and 1/2 a liter of perpetuem/heed/crystal lite mix and consumed 4 hammer shots.