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12 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

I've apparently earned a new trail name, “comfort optional” from the covid hiking crew for whenever I lead anything. I promised an easy-ish hike yesterday due to the heat but I am full of lies. Much fun log hopping, scrambling to off trail waterfalls and to cold swimming holes, and many many creek fords. Excellent day and the only hikers on the trail except for a few backpacker groups that were heading back out.

We made frequent stops for dipping in cold water, and the heat never felt unbearable.