Day 1: Met at the Clair Tappaan Lodge (CTL) at 4 p.m. for introductions.
Drove to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) trailhead off I-80 at Boreal Ridge/Castle Pk
and hiked to Flora Lake, 1.5 miles. Several people took a dip in the inviting water. Don gave a map and compass course.
After breakfast we drove across I-80 to the Lola Montez trailhead and hiked approximately 3.5 miles Lola Montez (7,160') [gross elevation gain 705']. where the dinner crew cooked dinner, while John, Gottfried and Erin tried to use a system Don claimed had worked on his last trip to toss a line with a hard rubber ball over a tree limb to haul up a bag for bear proofing.
The ball was not heavy enough to pull the line down and required a considerable amount of coaxing.
We decided a rock in a small sack (recommended in one of the books) would have worked better, although there would be safety issues with an errant rock toss.
Day 4: After breakfast, some people hiked to upper Lola Montez, which required some steep rock scrambling. John and Nita jumped in as soon as we arrived. When Don scouted the trail last year his GPS said it was 0.6 mi. but everyone thought it was longer. He went back and checked it and traced the route in another software package. They were right. It was 0.7 mi. with 500 ft of elevation gain .
We departed camp and hiked 3.5 mi. [200 ft net vertical] back to our cars and a shower and beds at CTL.
Day 5: After breakfast, we drove back to the PCT trailhead where we started on day 2 and hiked north up to Peter Grubb Hut at 7,800 ft. 4.5 miles [680 ft vertical]
Day 6: Layover day.
Day 7: After breakfast, we broke camp and backpack back to the trailhead. Return to CTL for lunch and an opportunity to shower before heading home.