0 PCT miles +8 miles on Bullfrog Lake Trail via Kearsarge Pass (currently at PCT mile 788.5)
Bullfrog Lake Trail – Onion Valley TH
Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! ♡
We had quite a few mosquitoes last night, but they were manageable. Thankfully there weren’t any when we got up this morning, so we were able to have coffee and breakfast in peace.
It was chilly starting out again – I’m going to get used to this, really I will! I’m kind of a wimp to cold. I’d rather be too warm. But gloves and hiking get me nice and warm, so as long as I have trail to hike, cold will be okay.
We were camped right on the junction where we leave the PCT for an 8-mile side trail over Kearsarge Pass to the Onion Valley Trailhead and campground. Aloha was meeting us there to bring us to town. We were very thankful to have him again, because other hikers were saying it took over an hour to hitch a ride, and the ride into town was kind of a long one.
The side trail we took went past some amazing lakes. Bullfrog lake was still and reflected the mountains in its glassy surface. It was a true mountain scene, just like you might see on a postcard. We looked way down on the dark teal Big Pothole lake and a couple of other small ones. Then we came to Gilbert Lake and took a break in the warm sunshine while sitting on a giant rock overlooking the blue, sparkling water and watched little fish swim around and jump every once in a while for their lunch.
I ate the last of my snacks on that break. All I had left in my bear canister was two packets of mayo and my emergency Ramen – so I had one extra meal at least, but I was surprised that it’s true how much hungrier you get out here. I don’t know if it’s elevation, the colder temps, or all the climbing… maybe a combination of the three, but either way, I nearly ran out of food on this stretch! We were excited to get to town for a meal, resupply and Shat’s bakery. The hikers going up as we were coming down all told us we should go into Bishop for that bakery. It wasn’t hard to convince me!
The rest of our hike down brought us along rushing water and waterfalls in the distance. I got a little excited when I saw the pickle jar in the parking lot way down below from where we were. We still had a bit to go to get there, though. I missed Adam so much on this stretch and I couldn’t wait to give him a big hug. I wanted to run, but held back the urge so I didn’t hurt myself… and I did get my hug soon enough. I was so happy to see him!
He and Dishcloth were waiting for us with cold sodas, so we sat for a minute and enjoyed those before heading into town. We first stopped at that bakery. We all ordered awesome sandwiches – I got a BLT with avacado and sprouts – it was delicious! Then we went back in and ordered a bunch of yummy other stuff. I even got a small almond gelatto shake. Mmmmm….
It was almost an hour drive from Bishop to our hotel in Lone Pine, but it was fun with Dishcloth playing some good music from the back seat. We hung out for a bit once we got there, then I took a long, glorious shower, and Aloha and I went out to eat. We had a really nice time – I always look forward to spending time with him like that. The night went by quick after dinner. We met Dishcloth at a bar for a few drinks, then met the rest of the PRT crew back at one of their rooms and watched a movie. It was a fun day. Every day is fun out here!
Tomorrow we plan to resupply, eat more, relax and maybe eventually get back on the trail in the afternoon.
Tonight (and always) I love my dad. It’s Father’s Day, so I thought about him a lot. I even took a fun photo for him with a waterfall in the background because I know how much he likes them.