We spent the night at the Red's Meadow backpackers' campsite, which was pretty strange. The pile of what looks like plastic next to my tent is a homeless guy sleeping under what might just be a pile of plastic. (The gal in the red jacket is who gave me the bar of dark chocolate back at Muir Trail Ranch). Photo by Jill Haak.
Middle Fork San Joaquin River, upstream. Photo by Chuck Haak.
We're out of the fire-affected area now, but still in the blowdown area. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Little columnar basalt waterfall.
If I'm not mistaken, the spot up on that ridge in the center of the photo is where we ate lunch during our practice hike outside of Mammoth Lakes almost 3 weeks prior. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Breakfast at the Mule House Cafe. I ate breakfast with the previously-mentioned Scott, whom we had last seen in LeConte Canyon on Day 11. We actually ran into several of our new JMT friends while at Red's Meadow.
Angler on the Middle Fork San Joaquin River.
One of the basalt outcroppings along the way.
Mule train! We hadn't seen one of these in a while!
Snack stop at Johnston Meadow. Photo by Chuck Haak.
My tent at our Trinity Ponds campsite.
Day 18. Photo by Jill Haak.
We'd been hiking on very dusty pumice trails ever since about Deer Creek. It made for some hard, dirty walking.
Jill donning her rain gear. Fortunately, the rain didn't last too long. Photo by Chuck Haak.
Starting to get some good views (though not good photos) of the Minarets.
Photo by Chuck Haak.
With clean clothes, clean bodies, and full stomachs, we were ready to hit the trail for our final week on the JMT.
We had entered Devil's Postpile National Monument shortly after leaving Red's Meadow. We could seen the columnar basalt outcropping from a distance.
We decided to stop for the night at some ponds near Trinity Lakes that we called, for a lack of a better name, Trinity Ponds. Photo by Chuck Haak.