The day is packed with fine trail experiences. In the morning we meet Erica, the only other hiker we come across who is also going for a full circuit, but in the opposite direction. We hope she made it! Shortly after we’re greeted by the lovely Star lake, where we enjoy a bath and a leisurely breakfast.
Next we make a side trip up Freel peak, the highest on the rim. Big fat views abound.
Back on the TRT, we encounter giant old junipers standing guard around the trail.
Later the bark on some big red firs looks like sculpture to me.
We enter a section of ridge with no vegetation except trees, which looks kind of other-worldly.
Craggy peaks beckon from the southeast.
We still haven’t made up the extra miles from yesterday. Ann’s feet are so worn out she tries running the final mile to make it go quicker. To our great relief Sean is at the Big Meadow campground with our resupply! He graciously makes a shared meal and camps with us for the night. Thanks Sean!