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Valentine Lake TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2013
slegal
Hiking8.44 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking8.44 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.88 mph
2,300 ft AEG
 
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This hike really kicked my butt. It was the last day of my trip to Mammoth Lakes and I really wanted to get another hike in. I had planned to get out early, but wasn't feeling that great in the morning. I guess all of the other hikes from the trip had collectively worn me out. I also had no takers to hike with me. My daughter was good for two or three miles tops. My son didn't want a hike longer than 6 miles. My wife had too many blisters and was done for the trip.

I made it out at 1:00 PM - a very doable time, but thunderstorms were in the forecast. About the only smart thought I had about doing the hike was that I was in a canyon, not a ridgetop. It still wasn't very smart, but I pushed on. The sound of thunder never got that close, so I was never in that great of danger, even when it started raining.

I made it up the initial big climb in good time and push on quickly through the flatter middle section. The final switchbacks to Valentine Lake were pretty hard on me. I had to stop and rest a number of times - something I don't usually do when I'm hiking alone.

The hike back down was harder than I expected. That was probably because I was so tired before I even started the hike. I made it back at my car 4.5 hours after I started, so despite how hard the hike was on me, I made pretty good time. Nevertheless, I was wiped out for the rest of the evening and the next day, when we needed to clean up our condo. Oh well, the memories (and photos) were worth it.
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John Muir Wilderness Valentine Lake
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