John Muir Trail: Dry feet and green meadows

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Lazy afternoon camped at Evolution Meadow.

Water crossings can present a huge problem for early season John Muir backpackers. Having watched countless YouTube videos showing some rather frightening river levels, we were wary of what might flow through the trail in our path. Unfortunately, (but lucky for us) California is experiencing a drought along with what was a low 2020/2021 snowfall year. Even Evolution Creek, which often presents a fast running, thigh-high obstacle, was only ankle deep. That was the only place we chose to take our shoes off due to the lack of large stepping stones.

Reg and I got pretty good at navigating rocks across waterways, but we were happy to see a number of bridges scattered along the trail. A few of them were much appreciated, even after the dry winter season.

While the water levels weren’t as high as we expected, the countless meadows remained surprisingly green and, in some cases, quite lush. We found them to be a relaxing contrast to the sharp angles of steep granite passes and rocky pathways.

There’s nothing better than a fresh green meadow to revive the spirit!
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6 thoughts on “John Muir Trail: Dry feet and green meadows

  1. Jackie Bachman

    Such beautiful scenery! Love the pics of you by the lake and the happy mule in the meadow!

    Jackie Bachman Board Member, Community Relations OHRA (760) 889-5122 Jackie.bachman53@gmail.com

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  2. Love Love Love all of your pictures and with your writing I can almost picture being there myself.

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  3. Lori OliverTierney

    I love the picture of you Sue by Evolution Lake. You are truly beautiful. You are lit up from the inside.

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